Now, More Students Are Smoking Marijuana than Cigarettes
It seems that anti-smoking campaigns have managed to work, to a point. Rates of teen smoking have been dropping recently. Now, only 8 percent of students have admitted to smoking a cigarette in the past month. Effective anti-smoking ads, education, and the experiences of family members have probably all contributed to the decrease. However, it does come with a catch: many more students have admitted to smoking marijuana in the past month.
Increasing rates of pot usage among students has hit an all-time high: 23 percent, almost three times as many students as the ones who admitted to smoking cigarettes. The survey was conducted by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. There seems to be a perception among students that marijuana might be more “natural” than cigarettes, but pot smoke typically contains 50-70% more carcinogens than tobacco-based smoke. Additionally, pot smokers typically inhale deeper and hold their breath, which also increases exposure to dangerous effects of the smoke. Though it seems anit-smoking education is working, educating students about the dangers of marijuana appears to be an uphill battle.
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