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Global Study Finds Tobacco, Alcohol More Harmful Than Illicit Drugs

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Global Study Finds Tobacco, Alcohol More Harmful Than Illicit Drugs

A new study shows that alcohol and tobacco remain the most lethal and costly substances worldwide. And no wonder, they’re still the most popular.

 

A new report from the Society for the Study of Addiction found that alcohol and tobacco are far and away the most harmful substances used around the world. The report culls together data from the World Health Organization, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, and Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. Even though there are some limitations in the data, the SSA’s report offers a global picture of the mortality and burden of disease associated with alcohol, tobacco, and illicit drug use.

 

And while cannabis use is up especially in the US and Canada, the real story here is alcohol and tobacco. Researchers measured cannabis dependence at just 259 out of 100,000 people, with more affluent regions having the highest rates.

Alcohol and Tobacco Use Cost Humankind 250,000,000 Life Years In 2015 Alone

Compared to their illicit counterparts (including cannabis and hard drugs like methamphetamine and cocaine), alcohol and tobacco cost the most life years and caused the highest mortality rates, according to a new report from the Society for the Study of Addiction....

 

 

 

 

https://hightimes.com/news/global-study-finds-tobacco-alcohol-more-harmful-than-illicit-drugs/

 


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