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In Stick News today, a study has found smoking marijuana does not increase a person’s risk of developing lung cancer.
This is a cigarette. Inside there is tobacco. This is a joint. Inside there is marijuana or cannabis. So, which is better, a cigarette or a joint?
The cannabis plant has been consumed by humans for thousands of years. People smoke or ingest cannabis for recreational, medicinal or religious reasons.
Tobacco also has a history of being used in medicine and religion. It is now mainly used recreationally.
Cannabis has been illegal in many countries in the world since the 20th century. Tobacco is legal in most countries.
In many countries cannabis laws have been relaxed in recent years while laws involving tobacco use have become more restrictive.
Both tobacco and cannabis have been associated with health problems.
But in terms of cancer, cannabis seems to be the clear winner according to the latest research.
The study found that smoking cannabis didn’t increase a person’s risk of developing lung cancer. But people who smoked two or more packets of cigarettes a day were 20 times more likely to develop the disease.
And that was Stick News for Thursday the 25th of May.
conversations with sarah
# 34 What do you call eda mame in English?
Sarah is at an izakaya with her friend John.
Step 1: Repeat John’s lines.
Step 2: Read John’s lines on the screen and talk to Sarah.
Sarah Mmm. I love eda mame.
John Yeah, these are good. What do you call eda mame in English?
Sarah Um, well, people don’t really eat these in New Zealand. But, but these are soybeans.
Sarah Yeah. But I think if you ordered them in a Japanese restaurant it's just “eda mame”.
John So you use the Japanese name?
Sarah Yeah, yeah. Usually food that comes from another country usually keeps its original name. Like sushi or tempura or tofu.
John But the pronunciation is different isn’t it?
John How do you pronounce tofu in New Zealand.
Sarah Um, “toe-foo” I think.
John Oh “toe-foo”.
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