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Marijuana Outpaces Cigarette Use For The First Time In US History

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New Study Reveals More Americans Now Smoke Marijuana Than Cigarette

A new Gallup poll revealed that more Americans are now using marijuana than smoking cigarettes.

According to the results published last Friday, 16% of Americans say they currently smoke marijuana, while only 11% reported being cigarette smokers.

Cigarette use has been on a steady decline for several decades. At their peak, in the 1950s, 45% of Americans admitted to using the product.

Gallup Senior Scientist Dr. Frank Newport attributes the downward trend to public attitude. In 2019, 83% of respondents said they thought cigarettes were “very harmful,” while 14% said they were “somewhere harmful.”

In 2013, 9 out of 10 adults said that smoking causes cancer. Even cigarettes users are well-aware of the habit’s side effects: in 2015, 91% of smokers said they wished they had never started.

“Smoking cigarettes is clearly on the decline and is most likely to become even more of a rarity in the years ahead,” Newport said.

“This reflects both public awareness of its negative effects and continuing government efforts at all levels to curtail its use.”

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