Study shows Teens are Smoking Weed More Regularly than Cigarettes
According to a new report, high school seniors in the United States are now smoking more marijuana than cigarettes on an everyday basis. Teen drug use is a constant concern and the new report is based on a large scale survey about teen drug use called ‘Monitoring the Future’ funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). The survey is conducted each year by researchers from the University of Michigan, and is given to 45,000 eighth, tenth, and 12th grade students at public schools across the United States. In 2015, six percent of high school seniors reported that they smoked marijuana every day, approximately the same percentage as in 2014. However, of the same group only 5.5% reported smoking cigarettes daily, down from 6.7% in 2014. This means that for the first time since the study’s inception in 1975, daily marijuana use has become more common than daily cigarette use among teenagers. In response to the survey’s results, Dr Nora D Volkow, director of NIDA, released a statement saying, “Continued areas of concern are the high rate of daily marijuana smoking seen among high school students, because of marijuana’s potentially deleterious effects on the developing brains of teenagers, and the high rates of overall tobacco products and nicotine containing e-cigarettes usage.”New report on teen drug use shows that fewer teens think that smoking weed daily is harmful — but are they setting themselves up for addiction?