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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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  • xxxoooxxx 2012/06/11 20:45:03
    Cigarettes
    xxxoooxxx
    +1
    Not just teens, but tobacco cigarettes are worse for anybody, at least in terms of physical health. Marijuana may have negative effects on some people's mental health, but I think that (between the two) I would say cigs are overall more dangerous.
  • AngelaDuke 2012/06/11 20:41:14
    Cigarettes
    AngelaDuke
    +5
    Lung cancer, carbon minoxcide, tar and fiberglass or a natural herb found in the forest. Kinda like asking which is worse soda or water.
  • ehrhornp 2012/06/11 20:32:48
    Cigarettes
    ehrhornp
    +1
    They didn't call cigarettes coffin nails for nothing. Pot actually has a number of good effects and may even hold the cure for cancer.
  • KrSpo 2012/06/11 20:28:58
    Cigarettes
    KrSpo
    +2
    Marlboros are far more addictive and will give you cancer faster than pot..
  • The Impossible Girl ✿ 2012/06/11 20:28:53
    Cigarettes
    The Impossible Girl ✿
    +2
    Cigs are definitely worse health wise :/
  • taylordoesntdeserve 2012/06/11 20:16:06
    Cigarettes
    taylordoesntdeserve
    +1
    I'm actually not sure. Which is worse for an adult or humanity as a whole? Definitely cigarettes. But for teens? Does Marijuana stunt intellectual growth at all?
  • Drake Effron 2012/06/11 20:12:09
  • KrSpo Drake E... 2012/06/11 20:31:40
    KrSpo
    +5
    If that is why you smoke cigarettes, then the world cries for you. The addictive qualities of tobacco are incredibly high. The best thing you can do for yourself is to quit NOW. This from a 24 year 2 pack a day habit. If you smoke, you WILL eventually get cancer, believe me, I know.
  • Rhi-ot. Drake E... 2012/06/11 21:22:52
    Rhi-ot.
    +1
    I love Green Day as much as the next guy, but if Billie Joe jumped off a cliff would you?
    Billie Joe smoked weed, he was a crazy partier and would get in trouble with the cops... you should start doing that stuff too.
  • Drake E... Rhi-ot. 2012/06/13 17:16:35
    Drake Effron
    i do such things and have been to jail
  • Mecynogea 2012/06/11 20:07:10
    Cigarettes
    Mecynogea
    +6
    Pot is natural, cigarettes are full of chemicals.
    Go weed!
  • Emma 2012/06/11 20:05:29 (edited)
    Pot
    Emma
    +2
    they will get a sense of invincibility because pot is less dangerous and they feel that cigarettes are worse
  • Steve Emma 2012/06/11 21:36:42
    Steve
    +2
    which probably has something to do with the lack of poisonous chemicals and other carcinogens in marijuana.
  • joan.sloane 2012/06/11 20:04:39
    Cigarettes
    joan.sloane
    +2
    Cigarettes are highly addictive and have been proven to cause life threatening illnesses. Since the pot industry is unregulated, we don't really know what harmful substances might have been used by its manufacturers. Overall, I believe even the heaviest pot smokers would be ingesting fewer harmful chemicals because they just do not smoke as many joints per day as the average cigarette smoker.
  • mklprc 2012/06/11 20:02:20
    Cigarettes
    mklprc
    +3
    Tobacco is far worse. First, a user smokes 10 to 40 times as much per day, every day, and it is harder to kick than opiates. Tobacco makes your skin smell like a damp ashtray, and pot makes you smell like you just got out of a Phish concert. Pot has no bio-chemical addiction properties, although it is easy to become overly dependent on it. The most damaging, destructive effects come not from the pot but being caught by the police.
  • harasnicole 2012/06/11 20:02:19 (edited)
    Cigarettes
    harasnicole
    +3
    Considering all the chemicals that's in a single cigarette, I'd say that teens smoking pot is the lesser of two evils.
  • xavier 2012/06/11 20:02:05
    Pot
    xavier
    +2
    Pot is better because it wont kill you
  • PokerFace 2012/06/11 19:47:17
    Cigarettes
    PokerFace
    +1
    i don't know but is it more addictive? and it has such a huge risk of causing cancer in various parts of the body, I don't think pot is that dangerous and people don't usually do it several times a day, more like once or twice a week
  • The_Infidel_Atheist 2012/06/11 19:42:26
    Cigarettes
    The_Infidel_Atheist
    +1
    Definitely cigarettes! At least marijuana has cancer-fighting chemicals in it like THC.
  • JohnT 2012/06/11 19:35:41 (edited)
    Cigarettes
    JohnT
    +1
    I have not read the much on Grass, but having been a cigarette smoker I do know a lot about them and know that they contain over 4,000 chemicals in which about 40 of them are carcinogens as well as causing respiratory problems. They also contain products that are used in insecticides. To me both suck.
  • Ruby Dear - The Fangirl of ... 2012/06/11 19:35:07
    Pot
    Ruby Dear - The Fangirl of PHAET
    +2
    Pot smokers are more likely to spin their pot with tobacco. So if you're smoking pot you're likely smoking cigarettes as well.
  • YourGurll<3 2012/06/11 19:34:32
    Cigarettes
    YourGurll<3
    +3
    Pot doesn't really do anything to you. cigarettes can kill you over time.
  • the judgebigdogeagle-~PWCM~JLA 2012/06/11 19:31:12
    Cigarettes
    the judgebigdogeagle-~PWCM~JLA
    +3
    The way I hear people cough after smoking,even the young ones You wonder.
  • Stardust the jud... 2012/06/11 21:29:32
  • Stardust the jud... 2012/06/11 22:08:59
  • Sass 2012/06/11 19:24:45 (edited)
    Pot
    Sass
    +1
    Marijuana smoke contains 50% to 70% more carcinogenic hydrocarbons than tobacco smoke. car·cin·o·gen--A substance capable of causing cancer in living tissue.



    http://www.abovetheinfluence....
  • Steve Sass 2012/06/11 21:40:18
    Steve
    +2
    use an unbiased source.....
  • Sass Steve 2012/06/12 15:23:52
    Sass
    You do the same.
  • darthtbone 2012/06/11 19:23:18
    Pot
    darthtbone
    +1
    I would say that both are equally bad.
  • KATLYN 2012/06/11 19:23:13
    Cigarettes
    KATLYN
    +1
    as a mom i dont want my kids smoking pot either but i had to pick one
  • Sprout 2012/06/11 19:12:29
    Cigarettes
    Sprout
    +6
    Pot in grown...Cigs are chemicals.... Doesn't take a genius to figure that one out!
  • Vieuphoria 2012/06/11 19:10:11
    Cigarettes
    Vieuphoria
    +4
    Pot is great. I'd recommend it to anyone.
  • lolitalovely 2012/06/11 19:10:09
    Pot
    lolitalovely
    +1
    Cigarettes are at least controlled. The druggies in my high school talk about some of the weird trips they've had because of things put in their pot. one person who had never done drugs before ended up beating random people up at the hospital because his pot was laced with cocaine and probably another drug like speed. Both of them are pretty bad for you though.
  • Speedy 2012/06/11 19:05:51
    Cigarettes
    Speedy
    +4
    Cigarettes are worse than pot, absolutely.
  • VintageLys 2012/06/11 19:03:57
    Pot
    VintageLys
    +4
    pot affects brain development...your brain is still developing when you're a teen...
  • KrSpo VintageLys 2012/06/11 20:33:59
    KrSpo
    As do cigarettes, hence the reason that the warnings on the side of the packs state do NOT smoke if you are pregnant.
  • VintageLys KrSpo 2012/06/11 20:51:32
    VintageLys
    +2
    lol not saying cigs are good - but its not good for anyone in general
  • musicman95 2012/06/11 19:02:30
    Cigarettes
    musicman95
    +2
    when i have kids i would much rather them smoke pot than cigarettes
  • jackie 2012/06/11 19:02:26
    Cigarettes
    jackie
    +1
    Good for us!
  • Rainbow... jackie 2012/06/11 20:48:26
    RainbowKisses(:
    On what planet ?!?!

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