Poll Suggests Americans Think Sugar Is A Bigger Health Threat Than Marijuana

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When asked to choose whether tobacco, alcohol, sugar or marijuana is the “most harmful to a person’s overall health,” nearly twice as many respondents to a newly released NBC/Wall Street Journal poll chose sugar as did marijuana. Indeed, far fewer poll respondents chose marijuana than any other item on the list:

Tobacco……………………………… 49
Alcohol ………………………………. 24
Sugar …………………………………. 15
Marijuana……………………………. 8
All (VOL) ………………………….. 3
None are harmful (VOL) …….. –
Not sure ……………………………. 1

Sugar does not simply rank above marijuana on this list, it is also far more harmful than most people originally believed. According to a recent study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, “sugar is considered an independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease, as well as many other chronic diseases.”

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