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Smoking bans in public places may reduce use of cannabis in Europe

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 10 November 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2481
  1. Rory Watson
  1. 1Brussels

    Although drug misuse remains at historically high levels, it is entering a more stable phase, the latest annual report from the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction reports.

    Wolfgang Götz, the centre’s director, notes, “Overall, for most forms of consumption, we are not seeing major increases, and in some areas trends appear to be downwards. Indicators for amphetamines and ecstasy use, for example, suggest an overall steady or declining situation.”

    Cannabis remains the most widely used drug, with 71 million people in Europe between the ages of 15 and 64 (equivalent to just over 20% of …

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