College Students Smoking Marijuana More Than Cigarettes: Study

More U.S. university students are
making a habit of using marijuana, which has supplanted cigarettes as the
smokeable substance of choice among undergraduates who light up regularly, a
study released Tuesday found.
Just under 6 per cent of the
full-time students surveyed by University of Michigan researchers for the
annual “Monitoring the Future” study reported using pot either every day or at
least 20 times in the previous 30 days.
By contrast, 5 per cent of
respondents identified themselves as heavy cigarette smokers, a steep decline
from the 19 per cent who said they smoked daily in 1999.

The findings suggest that
teenagers and young adults have absorbed public health warnings about the
dangers of cigarettes but increasingly regard marijuana as benign or carrying
few risks, lead investigator Lloyd Johnston said.

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