Young Americans Are Twice As Likely To Smoke Marijuana Than Cigarettes, New Gallup Data Shows

Young Americans Are Twice As Likely To Smoke Marijuana Than Cigarettes, New Gallup Data Shows
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Young people are now more than twice as likely to report smoking marijuana compared to cigarettes, according to a new analysis of survey data from Gallup. Past-week cigarette smoking by adults 18-29 declined from 15 percent in 2016-2018 to a new low of 12 percent in 2019-2022. Via Gallup. Meanwhile, 26 percent of adults in that age group now say that they smoke cannabis, compared to 21 percent in the earlier survey period. Via Gallup. Overall, the 2019-2022 data shows that 27 percent of Americans smoke cigarettes, marijuana or e-cigarettes. Gallup found that seven percent smoke cannabis alone, nine percent smoke cigarettes alone and three percent smoke e-cigarettes alone. But it’s the youngest generation that is most strongly opting for cannabis over cigarettes—a trend that could be attributed to any number of factors, including public education campaigns about the dangers of tobacco and the decreased public perception of harm around marijuana. Via Gallup. It’s also possible that people generally feel more willing to openly report smoking cannabis amid the state-level legalization movement and congressional efforts to end prohibition, aside from the amount of actual change in use patterns. People in the 18-29 age category are the most likely to smoke or vape something, at 40 percent. But almost four times as many young people smoke only marijuana (11 percent) as they do only cigarettes (three percent). In contrast, people in the 30-49 age group were slightly more likely to say they exclusively smoked cigarettes in the past week (11 percent) than those who only smoked cannabis (eight percent). Cigarette smoking rates among young adults have fallen sharply from 35% to 12% over the past two decades. https://t.co/AyQg30jWq8 — GallupNews (@GallupNews) November 28, 2022 Gallup separately released a data analysis in August that found, for the first time, that more Americans…

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