More college students have admitted to smoking weed rather than cigarettes as reported in the past few years.
Researchers have been conducting a study across various college campuses in the U.S. The results of the study revealed that the students have adopted marijuana smoking as a habit that has surpassed cigarette smoking.
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Only about 6 percent of the full-time students surveyed by University of Michigan researchers reported using pot either every day or at least 20 times in the previous 30 days.
The annual "Monitoring the Future" study also reported that 5 percent of respondents identified themselves as heavy cigarette smokers. This figure was a steep decline from the 19 percent who said they smoked daily in 1999.
These study findings are a confirmation to the effectiveness of the public health warnings against smoking. Lead investigator Lloyd Johnston said that the study had indicated the rising use of marijuana among college students. The figures for this rise are parallel to the figures found for the high school seniors that are frequently using marijuana as well.
The survey conducted by University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research indicated that the marijuana use has been at an all-time since 1980. 21 percent of the college students participating in the survey admitted that they had used marijuana at least once during the previous month. And 34 percent said they had used it in the past year. This trend was higher compared to alcohol usage as well.
Another drug came out to see a prominent rise in usage. 4.4 percent in 2014 reported to use cocaine. This is higher from the rate of 2013 which was indicated as 3.7 percent. The figures are not significant enough to be flagged as a threat. Still the researchers would be keeping an eye to know whether cocaine is making a comeback on college campuses.
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Ever since the legalization of marijuana for medicinal and helpful purposes, the students might have perceived it to be a less threatening drug than others. Still the rates are lower than what they used to be in the end of the past century. The parents sending their kids to college should take a little comfort in the fact that drug use is seeing a decline.