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Gwendolyn Francavillo

Health and Wellness Coordinator, Gallaudet University

Gwendolyn Roberts Francavillo is the Health and Wellness Coordinator and an Adjunct faculty member at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC.  Previously, Gwendolyn directed the Wellness and Fitness Programs and was a faculty member in the Exercise Science Department at The George Washington University in Washington, DC.  Gwendolyn went to the University of Maryland, Baltimore County for her undergraduate degree, received her Master’s of Public Health with an emphasis in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention at The George Washington University, and studied at the University of Maryland, College Park for her PhD.  Gwendolyn has published articles in peer-reviewed journals, presented at numerous local and national conferences, and received funding for health education initiatives.

Is marijuana less harmful than smoking cigarettes?

Health & Wellness coordinator Gwendolyn Francavillo discusses if marijuana is less harmful than smoking cigarettes.

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B.S. by Cmuru at 07/12/12 07:44PM Flag

Is this girl full of it? Yes. Has the drug war failed? Yes. Thousands of people in Mexico have died because of the drug war? People will continue to use cannabis despite it's true associated health risks and legality. Yes. See what i did here? All this is fact based, not the malarkey that came out of her mouth. Quit lying to people...

Idiot. by Vansterdamman420 at 10/13/10 05:44PM Flag

Its people like this that fuck up or world. Get your damn facts straight before you just make yourself look fucking retarded like you just did.

This is very BAD INFORMATION!! by Marking at 12/15/09 02:31AM Flag

There are no chemicals added to marijuana. There is no documentation that supports that chemicals are put into marijuana. There is a multitude of documentation that chemicals are being used in growing tobacco. Marijuana is not addicting. There are no chemicals in it and no addicting qualities as opposed to marijuana. Marijuana is ALL NATURAL!! Smoking tobacco is not only addicting, it kills hundreds of thousands of people a year. Marijuana has no documentation of anyone dying from s

by mosdefinate at 04/06/09 09:22PM Flag

marijuana has added chemicals like cigs? lol fuckin retard......

Way off point by blackfox026 at 03/10/09 03:30AM Flag

Does anyone know of a way to flag inaccurate videos? The person speaking is obviously not an expert and has no knowledge of the actual effects of marijuana use. Garbage like this does not belong here; I'm looking to be informed, not offended.

common sense by lankatank at 02/23/09 04:11PM Flag

I just checked to see if she she would say no. Just compare the death rates (450,000 to zero)and use common sense, scary a phd would come to these conclusuions. Im glad all of the response comments are informed, backed by real science and guess what, not one person in agreement. Be wary of any advice from this institution.

Its in the question by lankatank at 02/23/09 04:04PM Flag

by attarned at 01/19/09 06:16PM Flag

So, it seems she is just regurgitating the propaganda, and not actually talking about the actual research that has proven her wrong on a most of the points she mentioned. For example, there has been ZERO link found to cardio/pulmonary problems associated with smoking marijuana... especially if smoked through water filtration, or even better a vaporizer.

by scyechilde at 01/03/09 04:40AM Flag

i smoke over 40 cigs a day mj smokers i know do not smoke anywhere near that many.even if it was more dangerous (doubt it) most people would not even come close to getting the same harmfull effects of smokeing cigs one-for one

Also by SpookyFox at 12/21/08 09:43PM Flag

Marijuana has around 400 different chemicals, while Tobacco has over 4,000 chemicals, 37 of which are known to cause cancer!

Complete rubbish by SpookyFox at 12/21/08 09:37PM Flag

I'm neither an advocate or antagonist of Marijuana use; However, I am very much against anyone that says tobacco use is less dangerous than marijuana use. Gwendolyn Francavillo, you ma'am are misinformed! The fact is, Tobacco kills more than 450,000 people in the United States each year. There has never been one case of cancer linked to marijuana use and there has never been any death due to marijuana consumption alone.

Doubtful by levieric at 10/10/08 06:02PM Flag

This information is poorly presented and not supported with any outside sources. Most articles I've read on the subject, suggest that the opposite is true. In fact, marijuana has been used for thousands of years because of its medicinal properties. The only validity to the presented arguement is that most commonly, ciggarettes are smoked through a filter, whereas marijuana is not. Also, this information doesn't seem to take into account; tintucres, vaporizers, or edible treats made from pot.

Added Chemicals? by Wish at 09/26/08 12:25PM Flag

What "added chemicals" are you referring too??? Frankly I've never heard such an ill informed piece of factless drivel in my life!

Incorrect by aaidenmarrow at 08/26/08 01:32PM Flag

I've done a huge amount of research for a couple of papers I did in college. A huge number of medical doctors agree that it has hugely effective medical uses. Not only that but what additive is she talking about? "Wellness Expert"? Ha... indeed.

not science by codell23 at 07/01/08 11:33PM Flag

The video clip on this subject is totally inaccurate and not by backed up by unbiased scientific studies. For starters, not one case of lung cancer has ever been linked to Marijauna use, and it goes on from there. Look around and and you'll find the truth, they have done plenty of proper studies on this.

Is it really? by Mihoko at 07/01/08 11:02PM Flag

Interesting. I would like to know exactly what kind of chemicals are actually added to marijuana that is so much more harmful than cigarette. It makes me wonder then why there is such a thing as "medical marijuana" if that's so dangerous for your body. Some of my friends are legally prescribed marijuana for medical purposes. If one joint is really equal to one pack of cigarettes, they should be hopelessly ill by now. Anyway this video is not really informative, it almost sounds like propaganda

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