Tuesday, 19 November 2002 - 4:00 PM
Hilton San Francisco Union Square 1 & 2 (90)

EVAL-90. Blunts: Health Implications of Marijuana in Low-Cost Cigars for Adolescents and Young Adults

Eloise Dunlap, PhD, National Development and Research Institutes, Institute for Special Populations Research, eloise.dunlap@ndri.org, Bruce D. Johnson, PhD, National Development and Research Institutes, Institute for Special Populations Research, bruce.johnson@ndri.org, Andrew Golub, PhD, National Development and Research Institutes, Institute for Special Populations Research, andygolub@worldnet.att.net, Stephen Sifaneck, PhD, National Development and Research Institutes, Institute for Special Populations Research, sifaneck@ndri.org.

Learning Objectives: Describe blunts preparation and rituals. Understand how blunts use is parallel to tobacco use in prevalence and possible frequency. Consider the short-term and long-term consequences of blunts/combined smoking.

Abstract: This workshop will provide important epidemiological information about BLUNTS, marijuana placed in a low-cost cigar and deeply inhaled like marijuana. It will be led by experts in drug abuse research who are initiating a five-year NIDA project to study blunt practices. The construction of blunts will be explained. The widespread nature of tobacco plus marijuana smoking and possible blunt consumption practices will be demonstrated. Among high-risk youths, those born after 1970 now prefer marijuana (and possibly blunts) as their favorite illegal drug. Many potential health problems associated with the combined smoking of marijuana and cigars by young persons will be illustrated for both the short-term, and as a life-long habit. The workshop will address the use patterns, conduct norms, subcultures, and variations in youthful marijuana and blunt use to identify how these are related to use of several tobacco products, especially high tar cigarettes and cigars. Retail markets associated with blunt use regarding access to various tobacco products with marijuana and other illegal drug markets will be described. Early qualitative findings will be presented. Data about smoking behaviors among larger samples of youths will be reviewed. The workshop will also describe the social, economic, and physical contexts (both private and public) where youths create and maintain (both legally and illegally) their regular consumption of marijuana, tobacco, and blunts.

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