According to recent reports, there are fewer people who smoke tobacco, as a result of strict regulation that banned it from public places in order to limit its use. However, studies that promoted marijuana as being harmless to human health have encouraged college students to start smoking it on a daily basis.
A nationwide survey shows that students would rather smoke pot than cigarettes and that the number of people using marijuana is on the rise.
Thus, about 40 percent of the students surveyed said they had used a type of illicit drug in 2014 . That is six percent more than the number recorded in 2006. However, researchers also say that a year before, the rate was 1 percent higher than the one recorded last year.
Marijuana was not the only drug that young people used in 2014. Amphetamines and ecstasy were also among the preferences of college students. Stronger drugs, such as cocaine were also used more than they were in 2006, but on a smaller scale than marijuana.
“There’s no question that marijuana use has risen considerably. In December, we released results on secondary-school students, and we’re seeing a rise in daily marijuana use there as well,” ,” said Lloyd Johnston, who is the main investigator for the Monitoring the Future study.
About six percent of college students all over the United States said that they smoked pot every day in 2014. Compared to seven years ago, this number is 2.5 percent higher.
In addition to that, fewer college and high school students believe that smoking marijuana is dangerous to their health. As far as high school students are concerned, it was shown that one in 17 are into the habit of smoking marijuana every day.
On the bright side, normal cigarettes are not so popular among adolescents as they once used to be. Only 5 percent of the college students interviewed said they were smokers, compared to 19 percent fifteen years ago.
Students have also started using e-cigarettes massively, as the number of vapers has tripled since 2013, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The results of the survey were released on Tuesday, September 1. The report is part of the Monitoring the Future study that has been carried out for 35 years by researchers at the University of Michigan. For the annual report, about 1,000 student all over the country s are usually surveyed. The study is funded by the NIH (National Institutes of Health).
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