Saturday, December 27, 2014

Marijuana Usage for High-Schoolers is Up Dramatically / Cigarette Smoking Declines

In case you missed it.  Of particular note to all the self-assured parents and grandparents who voted for legalized, recreational marijuana, with the understanding that said legalization would not impact minors (possession of which is illegal for those under 21 years of age), there is good news and bad news.

From an article by Elena Holodny, Business Insider, dated 12/23/14:  ‘America’s High School Kids Prefer Weed.’

The good news:  Ms. Holodny’s research has shown that cigarette smoking has trended down:  “Only 10.3% (High Schoolers) have reportedly smoked a cigarette in the past 30 days, down from 27.4% in 2000”

The bad news:  However, as the above chart shows; “The gap between marijuana and cigarette usage is widening.  Until 2008, cigarettes were the preferred option, but now weed is clearly the go-to for those in High-School.”

Cigarette companies are now pondering the feasibility of entering the marijuana business – clearly a growth industry; and an apparently attractive commodity to our youth.

For the tobacco industry, a new motto might be, or is it their old motto, ‘Get ‘em while they’re young.’

True Nelson
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