NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – U.S. college students are making a habit of using marijuana, which has replaced cigarettes as the smoke-able substance of choice among undergraduates
Researchers from the University of Michigan found that six percent of the full-time students they surveyed reported using pot every day or at least 20 times in the last 30 days. In contrast, 5% of the students reported themselves as heavy cigarette smokers. A major decline from the 19 percent that said they smoke cigarettes daily in 1999.
Jagy Riesz of Northampton told 22News “I think its more popular than cigarettes because smoking weed is more of like a community thing. You do it with your friends as opposed to smoking cigarettes… you’re more solo.”
Researchers say the findings suggest that public health warnings about cigarette use are being absorbed by teenagers, and they increasingly regard marijuana as carrying fewer risks.
It’s the first time marijuana consumption has outpaced habitual cigarette use. The study also found fewer students are abusing alcohol and illicit drugs.