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Marijuana Use Surpasses Cigarette Use Now in Teens, New CDC Report Says

  1. Beenthere2Hippie
    Marijuana use has surpassed cigarette smoking for high school seniors, and the rush by states to sanction pot sales and use may be a reason, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    In a new report, the CDC said that 21 percent of seniors have used marijuana during the preceding 30 days. It was 19 percent for cigarettes.

    Apparently pot use is on the rise in high schools, not just among seniors. For all high school grades, "exclusive" marijuana use doubled to 10.2 percent from 1997-2013. "The percentage of white, black, and Hispanic students overall who were exclusive marijuana users more than doubled, and marijuana use among cigarette or cigar users also increased, with substantial increases identified among black and Hispanic students toward the end of the study period," said CDC.

    CDC did find some good news in its review of the 1997–2013 national Youth Risk Behavior Surveys. The agency said that "exclusive" cigarette and cigar use among those in grades nine to 12 dropped 64 percent, to 7.4 percent.

    The new report suggested that cigarette use is down due to the federal government's aggressive anti-smoking campaign. But at the same time, states have been legalizing and generally talking up marijuana, which has also had an impact.

    "Increases in marijuana use among U.S. youths might be attributable to decreasing perceptions of harm from 1991 to 2013 (from 78.6% to 39.5%). More specifically, decriminalization and legalization of recreational marijuana use in some states with minimal concomitant public health messaging to address potential detrimental health effects of marijuana use might be contributing to this perception," said CDC.

    By Paul Betard - The Washington Examiner/Oct. 16, 2015
    Newshawk Crew

    Author Bio

    BT2H is a retired news editor and writer from the NYC area who, for health reasons, retired to a southern US state early, and where BT2H continues to write and to post drug-related news to DF.


  1. Beenthere2Hippie
    For the life of me I cannot see the use of this data. It makes no sense.

    It would make more sense to compare cigarette use to caffeine use in a group of people. Marijuana has nothing at all to do with cigarette smoking...unless, that is, you're the U.S. Government and trying to make one last-ditch effort at fighting marijuana's inevitable legalization by throwing fully unrelated facts together to in effort to fool the few remaining idiots you can catch with such silly tactics.

    Sad, isn't it?
  2. toppalini
    I wouldn't really say that this is a bad thing, more of a good thing. Wouldn't you rather have young people smoking weed than cigarettes? It's much healthier and less addictive for the most part. I don't see this as anti-marijuana propaganda.

    Also, isn't this kind of inevitable? As less and less pick up smoking, weed becomes more and more accepted, so naturally, you would think that young people are going to smoke weed instead.
  3. Beenthere2Hippie

    I wasn't commenting on weed use (which I happen to be in favor of, but not for teens). I was commenting on comparing cigarettes and marijuana, for which there is no parallel. I guess my point was missed, then, by some.
  4. Joe-(5-HTP)
    This data.. is contrived and shit.

    Tobacco use has been falling across the board, for adults and teenagers. So of course Tobacco use, following that trajectory, will eventually as it apparently now has, fall below cannabis use.

    The statistic is that 'exclusive' cannabis use has gone up.. a statistic which could be achieved simply by tobacco use falling. Cannabis use could have stayed exactly the same, or even fallen a bit.

    Surprise surprise, these fools omit that from their 'analysis'.
  5. Beenthere2Hippie
    Very true about teen cigarette popularity falling off for a while now. I'm just perplexed on how--why--there was such an analogy of cigarettes to weed in the first place.

    I mean wouldn't teen alcohol use be a better comparative to weed use? Cigarettes do not get you high, and weed smoke (unless you're Bob Marley) doesn't kill people.
  6. Joe-(5-HTP)
    It struck me as just a way of scaremongouring about cannabis legalisation by implying that cannabis use is going up amongst teenagers.
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