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College Students Use Marijuana Over Tobacco -- Research

Sep 08, 2015 09:14 PM EDT

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A new wave of trend has been making rounds on the college students. For the first time in more than three decades, marijuana, or what they call "weed" has stumped tobacco on terms of the number of people who use. More and more college students now in the U.S. prefers weed than tobacco smoking. Statistics showed that in college students, from 3.5 percent in 2007, it raised now at 5.9 percent, greater than the 5 percent of current tobacco users.

A study that was published in ScienceDaily.com showed that the reason why this happened was because of the increased awareness of the less harmful effects of Marijuana use to the health. Less and less high school graduates, with a majority of viewed marijuana as something harmful and dangerous aside from being legal in most states over the previous 8 years.

However, the decrease in tobacco smoke and the increase on marijuana use have other side effects as well. The study also reported that in using marijuana recreationally, it opened a lot of avenue to curiosity about recreational drugs. This trend would rise especially on high school seniors that get carried away to college.

Aside from marijuana, over one in five students have some type of illegal substance sometime in the past year. A lot of party drugs have also been circulating in within the students themselves such as amphetamines, cocaine and ecstasies. However, the use of prescribed drugs or narcotics use has eventually decreased, giving a stat of less than 5 percent of the students last year.

The spreading of the benefits of marijuana use and its less harmful effects than tobacco has given it its edge, but we also took note on the rise of another tobacco use such as e-cigarettes and hookah pipes is also increasing from 26 percent in 2006 to 33 percent in 2014.

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