This could be good news or bad news, as while cigarettes may be down, marijuana use is up for students, who attend to colleges across the United States. It seems that young adults have properly understood the dangers of smoking regular cigarettes, but often resort to pot as believed to be the more benign option.
According to a study conducted by the University of Michigan for the “Monitoring the Future” survey, it seems that college students nowadays have upped their marijuana intake, but much less refer to themselves as heavy smokers.
When inquired about their smoking habits, just under 6% of the full-time students participating in the study admitted to using pot every day, or at least 20 times in the previous 30 days. In comparison, only 5% of the participants categorized themselves as heavy smokers, which is a vast improvement over statistics in 1999, that had 19% of students claim to smoking cigarettes every day.
According to lead author of the study, Lloyd Johnson, it’s quite clear that marijuana use has become much more frequent within the past 7 or 8 years, and the habit is spreading to high school students as well. The percentage of regular cigarette to pot users has been favoring the latter since 2014, which brings forth the notion that it’s becoming a more popular and common practice.
Perhaps it is pushed forward by the constant warnings and diseases associated with smoking normal cigarettes, and much fewer campaigns that speak about the dangers of marijuana. It is quite interesting how the numbers have changed, even though cannabis is not legalized within all states.
Cigarettes, on the other hand, are perfectly in line with the law, even though they have attracted endless amounts of messages about their dangers and have been linked to various unpleasant or fatal conditions. It should be good news that the younger generation seems to be grasping the message. However, marijuana is apparently the one to fill the gap.
The survey has uncovered that 21% of the participants have smoked pot within the last month, and 34% at least once within the last year. The numbers are becoming much more positive for alcohol abuse, with only 5% admitting to binge drinking in the last two weeks (which, for the purpose of this study, has been defined as having 15 or more drinks in a row).
When it comes to illicit drugs, 50% of the respondents have claimed that they have not been using ay in the past year. Cocaine use, on the other hand, has seen a bit of an increase, going from 2.7% in 2013 to 4.4% in 2014, but Johnson has stated that it’s not enough to raise alarms.