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Is It Worse for Teens to Smoke Pot or Cigarettes?

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Here's the good news: Fewer teens are smoking cigarettes. Here's the bad news: More of them are smoking pot. A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that only 18 percent of teens said they smoked a cigarette in the past 30 days, but 23 percent said they smoked marijuana in the same time frame.



So why are adolescents choosing pot over cigarettes? A study from the University of Michigan found that teens have gotten the message that cigarettes are bad for you, but seem to believe marijuana is less harmful.

Alcohol, however, is still teens' top drug of choice. More than 1 in 3 high school students reported current alcohol use in 2011, and 1 in 5 high school students reported binge drinking, CBS reports. Do you think it's more dangerous for teens to smoke pot? Or cigarettes?
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  • Stoner 2012/06/11 18:08:41
    Cigarettes
    Stoner
    +40
    All causes of death per year 2,436,652

    Cardiovascular diseases 779,367
    Malignant neoplasms 568,668
    Lack of Health Insurance3 44,789
    Drug induced2 37,485
    Suicide 36,547
    Motor vehicle accidents 36,284
    Septicemia (infections) 35,587
    by Firearms 31,224
    Accidental poisoning 30,504
    Alcohol induced 23,199
    Homicide 16,591
    Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) 9,424
    Viral hepatitis 7,652
    Cannabis (Marijuana) 0
    Major marijuana myth: pot use use can be a cause of death. So say many anti-drug warriors, such as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who recently wrote to a constituent that "marijuana and other narcotics" can lead to death.

    PotleafAccording to Time magazine, "No one has ever died of THC [marijuana] poisoning, mostly because a 160-pound person would have to smoke roughly 900 joints in a sitting to reach a lethal dose."

    In 1988, DEA Administrative Judge Francis Young concluded, "In order to induce death, a smoker would have to consume 20,000 to 40,000 times as much marijuana as is contained in one marijuana cigarette."

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  • jay GUY FAWKES 2012/06/23 17:46:20
    jay
    If it is "untold history" how do you know about it and if it is "told history" provide us with a reliable link. I think you made it up.
  • GUY FAWKES jay 2012/06/23 22:58:02
    GUY FAWKES
    "Some of my finest hours have been spent sitting on my back veranda, smoking hemp and observing as far as my eye can see." - Thomas Jefferson

    from his autobiography
  • jay GUY FAWKES 2012/06/27 15:34:46
    jay
    There is no such thing written in Thomas Jefferson's autobiography. Nice try.
  • GUY FAWKES jay 2012/06/27 18:00:40
    GUY FAWKES
    There is how about you read it my friend.
  • jay GUY FAWKES 2012/06/28 21:51:13
    jay
    How about you link us too your source...book and page. I already searched for it and that text does not exist.
  • GUY FAWKES jay 2012/06/30 03:31:46
  • jay GUY FAWKES 2012/06/30 12:32:29
    jay
    +1
    Still not there....you are a liar and caught
  • GUY FAWKES jay 2012/07/01 15:41:03
  • SamTheS... jay 2012/06/12 22:34:36 (edited)
    SamTheSlayer [Codename: Duchess]
    +1
    What's sadder is that people are so ignorant of the facts of pot-smoking that they want to keep it illegal. Believe it or not, smoking pot DOES have it's benefits. And those positive attributes outweigh it's negative attributes by far.
  • jay SamTheS... 2012/06/13 21:36:30
    jay
    If it is so beneficial would you want your 14 year old daughter smoking it. And how do you know that I'm ignorant of "the facts"....maybe you are ignorant of the facts. Clearly that would be true if you think that smoking pot is better than not smoking pot. You would only say that if you were stupid...but as I originally posted...smoking pot makes you stupid.
  • Sonic B... jay 2012/06/14 00:24:04
    Sonic Boone
    +1
    What makes people stupid, Jay, is ignorance... Think about it... (if you can [Haaayooo!])
  • GUY FAWKES jay 2012/06/14 04:10:38
    GUY FAWKES
    +1
    Ok but it's also a true fact that Alcohol does more damage than pot and if you really stand by not smoking pot is worse than smoking pot, then you'd not drink either. Your facts contain no logic. Now while I wait for your counter argument I will smoke this bowl.
  • jay GUY FAWKES 2012/06/23 16:53:33
    jay
    It was obvious you smoked a bowl before you posted too. On stupid thing does not justify another stupid thing.
  • SamTheS... jay 2012/06/14 07:38:23
    SamTheSlayer [Codename: Duchess]
    I would not encourage my kids to smoke it, but it would be ten times better than them smoking cigarettes.
    If I had a teenager and found out s/he was smoking pot, I would suggest they smoke it in moderation and be responsible and focus on school.
    And when exactly did I say or even imply that smoking pot is better than not smoking it? I think it's personal choice. Smoke if you want to, don't smoke if you don't want to. Simple as that. So I guess I'm not that stupid, though you do seem to assume a lot. Feeling like an ass yet?
  • jay SamTheS... 2012/06/23 17:47:53 (edited)
    jay
    Then you would be giving your kid bad advice.
  • SamTheS... jay 2012/06/23 22:59:13
    SamTheSlayer [Codename: Duchess]
    That would be your opinion.
  • jay SamTheS... 2012/06/27 15:35:21
    jay
    Obviously
  • jay SamTheS... 2012/06/23 16:51:24
    jay
    What are it's positive benefits? As for it's negative ... It makes people who smoke it stupid.
  • SamTheS... jay 2012/06/23 23:09:37
  • jay SamTheS... 2012/06/27 15:36:07
    jay
    You answer just like everyone else when asked about the benefits...no much.
  • SamTheS... jay 2012/06/27 15:48:53
    SamTheSlayer [Codename: Duchess]
    That's because I really don't feel like getting into it, I have other things I could be doing and I've got into this discussion plenty of times before.
    I'd say look it up, but there's a lot of propaganda out there.
    So instead, I'll just be done discussing this with you, it appears to be going no where.
  • jay SamTheS... 2012/06/28 21:52:21
    jay
    Then I will have to conclude that you like everyone else who makes that claim are blowing smoke. Pun intended.
  • jay SamTheS... 2012/06/27 15:36:38 (edited)
    jay
    smoking one cigarette a day is virtually harmless. one beer a day is virtually harmless. Smoking one joint gets you high and can be very harmful when it is a 14 year old doing it.
  • Sonic B... jay 2012/07/02 23:42:07
    Sonic Boone
    Facts supporting this please..
  • jay Sonic B... 2012/07/04 16:20:16
    jay
    You don't' need to provide supporting links for things that are obvious. In the courtroom it is called taking "judicial notice". It is a poor and self defeating response to ask for them when the proposed facts are undisputable. If you dispute that a single cigarett is "virtually harmless" then you are the one who should provide the supporting facts. I think the rest of us agree that it is true. If you don't think that a single joint is harmful than tell me if you had to choose one or the other ...either a cigarette or a joint to give to your 14 year old...which one would you choose.
  • Sonic B... jay 2012/07/16 17:27:00
    Sonic Boone
    Just say that you don't have any facts to support you. Lol!!
  • Sonic B... Sonic B... 2012/07/16 17:33:41
    Sonic Boone
    I do understand your point. Still, we are not only talking about a cigarette a day being harmful. Starting a 14 yr old on smoking even one cigarette a day will start him or her on a harmful addictive habit that can end fatally.
  • jay Sonic B... 2012/07/17 23:08:46
    jay
    If you dispute my statement then you provide the :"proof" I don't need proof for what is obvious.
  • Sonic B... jay 2012/09/09 11:40:19
    Sonic Boone
    You opinion is not obvious. It's an opinion. I know what you are saying is untrue, and you cannot prove that it is.
  • jay Sonic B... 2012/09/13 15:00:31
    jay
    Not only is it obvious to anyone who has been around teens who smoke pot...but a report this last week showed that teens who were regular pot smokers damaged the development of their brains so that they were less intelligent as adults. So smoking pot makes you less intelligent when you are stoned and less intelligent when you are not stoned.
  • Sonic B... jay 2012/09/15 11:45:34
    Sonic Boone
    Link?
  • jay Sonic B... 2012/09/17 15:18:03 (edited)
    jay
    +1
    google "affect of pot smoking by teens on adult intelligence"

    This is what popped up for me in the first slot...

    http://www.cnn.com/2012/08/27...
  • Leeaqua 2012/06/12 20:46:36
  • S. Jacob Stallings 2012/06/12 20:40:49
    Pot
    S. Jacob Stallings
    +1
    Pot is MUCH worse on your lungs.
  • Kuruptsoul S. Jaco... 2012/06/12 20:43:45
    Kuruptsoul
    +4
    No.. Do your research before you say what you have been told...
  • dzzshadz Kuruptsoul 2012/06/12 21:07:48
    dzzshadz
    I have researched this and its true when smoked pot is harsher on your longs. I think it was one joint = 6 Cigs. A lot of studies are inaccurate because pot smokers often smoke cigarettes on top of pot smoking.
  • Kuruptsoul dzzshadz 2012/06/12 21:25:15
    Kuruptsoul
    +2
    T.H.C. is being found to be a Cancer cell inhibitor, not to be confused with a cure. And pot smoke is more prone to making you cough harder and longer, which forces crap out of your lungs. Also Cigarettes have many many man made chemicals added which turn into many other nasty things when burned.
  • Dan Zel... dzzshadz 2012/06/12 21:37:47
    Dan Zellman
    +1
    I don't know how you researched but I've been smoking it for 48 years without any lung or anything else problems. I'm in great health at 69. They salt the earth with uranium in tobacco fields because the ground is spent and little else will make it grow. If they leave the land to regenerate, they have to grow a different crop than tobacco.
  • GUY FAWKES dzzshadz 2012/06/14 04:11:42
    GUY FAWKES
    Wikipedia doesn't count as research!
  • travis S. Jaco... 2012/06/12 21:45:27
    travis
    +1
    Dead wrong plain an simple go back to you indoctrination camp or school as you like to call them

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