Teen Smoking Drops to Historic Low, but Marijuana Use and Vaping Remain Popular

During the past several years, studies have shown that teens are trading cigarettes for marijuana and vaporisers. The latest Monitoring the Future survey, which tracks teen drug use, found that marijuana use among 10th and 12th graders has increased significantly for the first time in seven years. The authors of the study say many teens believe marijuana is less harmful than other drugs, and see less risk in using it. However, years of research show otherwise. Marijuana smoke contains many of the same toxins as nicotine, and long-term use has been linked to lasting problems with memory and cognitive skills. Vaping comes with its own health risks, such as mouth and gum disease and “smoker’s cough,” and has been linked to an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes. E-liquids, wax concentrates, and herbs for vaping are unregulated and can contain harmful chemicals such as formaldehyde (a toxic carcinogen that is used to preserve dead bodies).

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