Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Marijuana Overtakes Tobacco Use in Teens
According to a study conducted by the Monitoring the Future Survey, marijuana is now more widely used by teens than tobacco. This is an alarming fact because marijuana is nowhere near as benign a substance as the general public is being led to believe. In fact, smoking marijuana poses many of the same risks as highly toxic tobacco; some of the chemicals produced when smoking pot are identical to those found in cigarette smoke. Additionally, marijuana is marketed as a safer alternative to other drugs because it is not addictive. However, this is completely untrue: prolonged marijuana use does lead to physical dependence- especially in teens.