More U.S. teens now smoking marijuana than smoking cigarettes

Published On: Wednesday December 19, 2012 5:10 AM
By: Shifra Unger
Teen smoking pot
A government survey shows more teenagers are smoking marijuana than smoking cigarettes.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 23 percent of high school students, said they recently smoked marijuana, while 18 percent said they had recently puffed cigarettes.

The survey asked teens about a variety of risk behaviors.

For decades, the number of teens who smoke has been declining. Marijuana use has fluctuated, and rose recently.

Sometimes, smoking marijuana and cigarettes were at about the same level, but last year marked the first time marijuana use was much stronger.

An earlier survey by the University of Michigan also found that marijuana use was higher. An expert in Michigan, said teenagers today, apparently see marijuana as less dangerous than cigarettes.