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More high school seniors this year used marijuana than smoked cigarettes
December 28, 2010, 11:02 am
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USA TODAY: More high school seniors this year used marijuana than smoked cigarettes in the past 30 days, according to government data released Tuesday.In addition, daily marijuana use increased significantly among eighth-, 10th- and 12th-graders, with about one in 16 high school seniors using marijuana daily or near-daily, the annual “Monitoring the Future Survey” found.Teens in all three grades exhibited more favorable attitudes toward the drug, according to the national survey of more than 46,000 teens.The survey’s lead investigator, the director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), and the White House “drug czar” blamed the rising use among teens in the past three years on publicity surrounding medical marijuana.”Young people are increasingly seeing marijuana as not dangerous,” said lead investigator Lloyd Johnston of the University of Michigan‘s Institute for Social Research. When the proportion of teens who view marijuana as risky declines, Johnston says, use typically increases.

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