- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The acting U.S. surgeon general said Wednesday he is wary of legalizing marijuana because it would be “yet another product out there” that can cause respiratory problems.

Boris Lushniak told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that he also would be concerned about the drug’s addictive qualities and ability to cause cognitive issues.

Another product, e-cigarettes, presents a host of complex issues, he said.

Although proponents of the devices say they help people quit the habit, detractors fear they are widening the base of nicotine users, even if they are not as harmful as actual cigarettes.

“The data is not in on e-cigarettes,” said Mr. Lushniak, a rear admiral with the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps.

He also addressed rising rates of skin cancer, saying that while he wants Americans to get out and enjoy an active lifestyle, they should use sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher and use enough to cover themselves up.

Also, he reminded viewers, “You really need to reapply it.”

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