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Study: More Teens Smoking Pot Than Cigarettes
Time Magazine ^ | June 11, 2012 | Aylin Zafar

Posted on 06/17/2012 12:46:29 AM PDT by Olog-hai

Seems like teens have gotten the memo that cigarettes are bad for you; however, the same isn’t true for marijuana, according to a study by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.Released late last week, the government study revealed that in a nationwide study of 15,000 high school students, pot is now more popular among teens than cigarettes, CBS reports. Eighteen percent of surveyed students in 2011 reported smoking a cigarette in the past month, while 23% reported smoking marijuana in the last 30 days.

Perhaps thanks to the anti-smoking campaigns in ads and in schools, or to the personal experiences teens may have with family members or relatives with lung cancer, cigarette use has been on the decline over the past few years.

But apparently, the association of marijuana with cancer and other health risks is not as prevalent among teens. “I just hear a lot of dangers of cancer and cigarettes and I think that’s why a lot of teens look to marijuana,” Tianda, a Philadelphia high school junior who wasn’t identified by her full name, told CBS Philly. …

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: antitobaccoscam; cannabis; drugabuse; scam; teenagers; tobacco
Looks like the liberal media is catching up to something that was reported 2½ years ago.
1 posted on 06/17/2012 12:46:49 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

Heck, with the taxes on cigarettes these days I wouldn’t be surprised if pot is cheaper.


2 posted on 06/17/2012 12:53:26 AM PDT by Nik Naym (It's not my fault... I have compulsive smartass disorder.)
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To: Nik Naym

Goodness gracious, we’ll have to have the nanny state do something about that, won’t we! Raise or lower taxes, criminalize or decriminalize substances, spend taxpayer dollars on public awareness campaigns in accordance with the latest taxpayer-funded studies, reverse those campaigns with new taxpayer-funded efforts when tomorrow’s taxpayer-funded studies show the reverse to be true, or just about anything else that will get Jimmy, Mary, and Shaqueesa Fed to GS14!


3 posted on 06/17/2012 1:04:27 AM PDT by golux
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To: Olog-hai; Revolting cat!

That’s one way to stick it to Bloomberg and the taxnazis.


4 posted on 06/17/2012 1:15:40 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The media ignored the 40th anniversary of Bill Ayers' Pentagon bombing but not Watergate. Ask Why.)
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To: Olog-hai

More evidence that letting the government define your life for your leads to tragedy.

Every other message on TV is against “big tobacco”. But pot is cool. I am convinced it is because the South is the big grower of tobacco but blue states are where a lot of pot is grown. As Rush says, follow the money.

I also think the reason a lot of CA turned down legalizing pot is they’d rather work in an illegal industry, because once your industry becomes legal and REGULATED in CA, it becomes almost impossible to turn a profit.


5 posted on 06/17/2012 1:16:18 AM PDT by I still care (I miss my friends, bagels, and the NYC skyline - but not the taxes. I love the South.)
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To: Olog-hai

Back in the 70’s, I never smoked...cigarettes.


6 posted on 06/17/2012 2:15:57 AM PDT by gigster (Cogito, Ergo, Ronaldus Magnus Conservatus)
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To: I still care
I also think the reason a lot of CA turned down legalizing pot is they’d rather work in an illegal industry, because once your industry becomes legal and REGULATED in CA, it becomes almost impossible to turn a profit.

Seeing as how cop unions led the charge against legalization, you just might have unwittingly made a point.

7 posted on 06/17/2012 2:31:59 AM PDT by Ken H (Austerity is the irresistible force. Entitlements are the immovable object.)
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To: I still care

“Every other message on TV is against “big tobacco”. But pot is cool.”
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One should listen to Savage describe all of the toxic chemicals in pot...one of the most dangerous substances available today.
He should know, as he was a botanist for some time.


8 posted on 06/17/2012 2:51:49 AM PDT by AlexW
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To: AlexW

Hogwash. Nobody chews anyones face off after partaking in a spliff..


9 posted on 06/17/2012 3:02:13 AM PDT by goseminoles
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To: goseminoles

“Hogwash. Nobody chews anyones face off after partaking in a spliff..”
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God only knows what YOU are talking about, and HE is not talking.


10 posted on 06/17/2012 3:08:34 AM PDT by AlexW
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To: Ken H

You legalize pot (and other drugs) that means no more seizures to buy new toys, or task forces with overtime.

That just won’t do, sir. /s


11 posted on 06/17/2012 4:37:24 AM PDT by Molon Labbie (Prep. Now. Live Healthy, take your Shooting Iron daily.)
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To: Nik Naym

Cheaper and easier to get for teenagers.


12 posted on 06/17/2012 4:41:25 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: Olog-hai

Even if one takes every reefer madness allegation of the prohibitionists at face value, marijuana prohibition has done far more harm to far more people than marijuana ever could.
William F. Buckley, Jr.

Blessings, Bobo


13 posted on 06/17/2012 5:33:10 AM PDT by bobo1
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To: Olog-hai
Seems like teens have gotten the memo that cigarettes are bad for you;

Not really.

I am rather astonished at the number of young people I see smoking, considering the anti-smoking venue we have been under for the last 2+ decades.

Many of these young people have been inundated with the 'no smoking' agenda their entire lives, and especially after the Big Tobacco settlement, which was supposed to end smoking eventually [/s].


14 posted on 06/17/2012 5:43:44 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: I still care
I also think the reason a lot of CA turned down legalizing pot is they’d rather work in an illegal industry, because once your industry becomes legal and REGULATED in CA, it becomes almost impossible to turn a profit.

I can't speak for every Californian, but, though I am for legalization of pot, I voted against the last legalization measure, primarily because there was a clause in there that gave pot users protected status against things like being fired for being a pot user. That's a serious no-go for me. I think people should be able to smoke it if they want, and employers should be able to tell them to screw off if they do, as well as other businesses being able to refuse service to stoners. Freedom means you can do what you want, but you have to take responsibility for the consequences.

Also, the "legalize it, regulate it, and tax it" crowd are seriously misguided. Pot is way too easily grown. If the state tried to regulate and tax the heck out of it, people would simply continue to operate underground. It's cheaper and less hassle. Either legalize it or don't. Excessive regulation and taxation is just another form of criminalization.
15 posted on 06/17/2012 6:04:26 AM PDT by fr_freak
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Also, the "legalize it, regulate it, and tax it" crowd are seriously misguided.

How so? CA collects around $100M in taxes off of $1B in sales from its medical marijuana program. People are allowed to grow their own, yet they are willing to pay $300 per oz and up for it.

16 posted on 06/17/2012 7:18:47 AM PDT by Ken H (Austerity is the irresistible force. Entitlements are the immovable object.)
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To: Olog-hai
Purely anecdotal but I think regular Pot use over years may figure in in myriad cancers around the body.
17 posted on 06/17/2012 7:26:17 AM PDT by TalBlack ( Evil doesn't have a day job.)
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To: Venturer

It’s why they are fat and stupid,yet the msm blamed everything else like McDonalds,large drinks and want to outlaw it or tax it.
Some times I wonder if the law makers are stoned on the job?.


18 posted on 06/17/2012 8:23:27 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: Olog-hai

Doood! Where’s the Republic?


19 posted on 06/17/2012 9:50:22 PM PDT by OldEarlGray (The POTUS is FUBAR until the White Hut is sanitized with American Tea)
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To: Ken H
How so? CA collects around $100M in taxes off of $1B in sales from its medical marijuana program. People are allowed to grow their own, yet they are willing to pay $300 per oz and up for it.

OK, CA is getting some money from the deal, but I'm willing to bet that the real amount of marijuana business and consumption in CA is at least 10 times that number. The ones who go to the dispensaries and pay the higher price are probably just the ones who can't grow it themselves and don't know anyone who does. Growing marijuana is still technically illegal, so their is a barrier to your average person growing it in the garden. If weed is fully legalized, but strictly regulated and taxed, you'll still have a black market, but now everybody will know somebody who is growing some in their backyard.
20 posted on 06/17/2012 10:16:12 PM PDT by fr_freak
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To: fr_freak
OK, CA is getting some money from the deal, but I'm willing to bet that the real amount of marijuana business and consumption in CA is at least 10 times that number.

Sounds reasonable. Doesn't that mean that a lot of potential state revenue goes to the cartels rather than CA?

The ones who go to the dispensaries and pay the higher price are probably just the ones who can't grow it themselves and don't know anyone who does.

I would think the ones in the MMJ program would be more familiar with mj than the average citizen.

Growing marijuana is still technically illegal, so their is a barrier to your average person growing it in the garden.

Why would it be different under a state's legalization program vs the current MMJ program? It's just as illegal under federal law in both cases.

If weed is fully legalized, but strictly regulated and taxed, you'll still have a black market, but now everybody will know somebody who is growing some in their backyard.

If they put onerous taxes and regulation on it, then yes, there will be a black market. The booming tax revenues from CA's mmj program, however, is a good indicator that the market is being reasonably regulated and taxed.

21 posted on 06/18/2012 9:34:18 PM PDT by Ken H (Austerity is the irresistible force. Entitlements are the immovable object.)
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To: Ken H
Doesn't that mean that a lot of potential state revenue goes to the cartels rather than CA?

I'm sure a decent chunk goes to the cartels, but CA is a pot grower's paradise. A sizeable chunk of this market is just people growing in their garages, backyards etc. People in the MMJ program may know quite bit about using mj, but not necessarily have the skills, motivation, or available space for growing. If they don't know anyone selling on the blackmarket, they will buy it from the MMJ dispensary.

As far as the other stuff goes, the state of CA is making decent money off of taxing the mmj program because it is currently the only legal route people can go to get the product, so those unwilling or unable to go the blackmarket route are more or less forced to do the overpriced dispensary thing. However, should CA legalize mj entirely, or, especially if the federal government finally started showing respect for Constitutional limitations and recognized that it has no authority to outlaw mj use (never going to happen before the revolution), mj is so easy to grow that virtually everyone will, and nobody will have any incentive to go through the annoying and costly avenue of legal retail sales when they can just buy an ounce from their neighbor, since their neighbor could grow with impunity whether he has a medical problem or not.
22 posted on 06/18/2012 11:25:10 PM PDT by fr_freak
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