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My new neighbor smokes marijuana and I smell it in my apartment.
Does this smell endangers the health of children?

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Thank you for asking your query at DoctorSpring.

There are no evidence based studies which suggest that second-hand marijuana is dangerous. However in children constant exposure of second hand Marijuana MAY cause negative health effects. (NOT well studied, but possible risk – a risk to be avoided)

Now the level of risk is determined by two factors,

1. The frequency of the smoking. If you are getting the smell only occasionally (like 3-4 times a month) it should not be a major concern.

2. The proximity of the smoking area. If the apartments are very close / as in less than 20metes and/or has a shared wall or window the risk is higher.

But remember – Just ‘smell of Marijuana’ in the air, with no obvious smoke in immediate surroundings is not a risk factor, as the cannabinoid component is very less.

I recommend you to make a logical decision based on the above factors and consider discussing your concern with your neighbour in a friendly non-threatening manner.

Hope this helps
Please feel free to ask followup questions.


Dr. Jaydeep Tripathy
Category: HIV- AIDS Specialist
MBBS from Sri Ramachandra University in December 2011
M.Med (Family Medicine) - TNMGR University, Chennai
MBA-MPH in Public Health in March 2016, SRM University
Finished AFIH in March 2016, SRM University
MRCP ( UK ), Internal Medicine, Royal College of Physicians, June 2016
Fellowship in Diabetology from Martin Luther University in January 2017

Currently Resident Physician, in MD Radiodiagnosis - Kamakshi Memorial Hospital, Chennai
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