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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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  • GUY FAWKES Parth 2012/06/14 21:54:34
    GUY FAWKES
    They were probably laced. Weed isn't the same thing as bath salts. I smoked it for 5 years and I can still function the same.
  • waterlady 2012/06/13 05:30:11
    Pot
    waterlady
    +2
    Did you read about the young woman who was smoking pot, put her baby in a
    car seat of the roof of her car and drove off? The baby found found alive in an intersection. Cigarettes don't effect the brain like that.
  • rendonm... waterlady 2012/06/13 06:22:35
    rendonmarlina
    True! Cigs just help you to most likely not be around for your children. Good point.
  • Mel Mar... waterlady 2012/06/13 08:12:45
    Mel Martens
    +3
    Did you hear about people who were not on any drugs doing the exact same thing because of sheer stupidity? The British priminister left his daughter in the pub the other day...was he smoking pot? I also doubt he was drinking much either due to having a child present and witnesses...yet he still forgot about her.
  • truthman Mel Mar... 2012/06/13 08:26:33
    truthman
    exactly !
  • jennife... Mel Mar... 2012/06/13 17:42:27
    jennifer.wales.104
    like that mom that left her baby in the carseat while she went to work, totally forgot about the baby and he/she, can't remember if it was a boy or girl, suffocated to death in the 90 degree weather. she certainly wasn't high.
  • Ginger Mel Mar... 2012/06/15 05:11:45
    Ginger
    Its not because stupidity exist without pot that you have to say pot is good , wonderful , usefull, harmless .... There is a reason why its not allow . People can live without drugs , its not necessary to create other way to be thoughtless
  • truthman waterlady 2012/06/13 08:25:58
    truthman
    +1
    thats called a dumbass woman. not because of pot.
  • fitz waterlady 2012/06/13 15:44:15
    fitz
    You didn't tell the whole story. She was underage, first of all, and she had been drinking illegally. Secondly, this happens more than you know to sober people. Mixing alcohol and pot is not a good idea for anyone; especially someone with a baby.
  • Heidi waterlady 2012/06/13 17:28:10
    Heidi
    I've read numerous stories about people who have done that. One guy was driving down the Mass. Turnpike with the car seat on the roof. When the car seat bounced off the roof, he was lucky that the truck following behind him was just waiting for it to happen and was able to stop and retrieve the kid.
  • jennife... waterlady 2012/06/13 17:37:14
    jennifer.wales.104
    seriously? you gotta be stupid to do that!
  • Ryan Ch... waterlady 2012/06/13 22:45:57
    Ryan Christopher Naymik
    cigarettes do effect the brain like that. I just quit smoking them because they were starting to make me feel like I was going to go unconscious/blackout/faint. ;)
  • GUY FAWKES waterlady 2012/06/14 03:37:08
    GUY FAWKES
    Your account should be banned for stupidity. You obviously have no idea what your talking about. This isn't the same as people eating each other on bath salts.
  • nichola... GUY FAWKES 2012/12/18 15:32:55
  • Juan waterlady 2012/06/14 04:21:12
    Juan
    No I didn't because it probably never happened.

    Stop lying about pot.
  • Ginger 2012/06/13 05:24:59
    Pot
    Ginger
    +1
    You said everything : bad news its pot . I dont understand how people can touch to cigarettes or pot . So both are bad things to me . I know people who smoked many many cigarettes in a day and have no problem to speak seriously whereas pot with just a little you cant and with overdo you have violence, the desire to kill yourself , the brain isnt intact after it . But yes cigarettes are additive . In my opinion pot is worse for what it provocates even for just a little .
  • Mel Mar... Ginger 2012/06/13 08:16:03
    Mel Martens
    +1
    First, Marijuana is a relaxant. You'd get more luck picking a fight with a 2 year old than with someone who's had a joint or two.
    Second, it may be a depressant but only in terms of making one mellow. It's more likely you'd kill yourself while being sober (if you were of that mindset) than while smoking pot due to finding the world completely hilarious and getting giggly. It stops you from caring so much about your problems and thus helps people see the funny side of life (while still being completely conscious and coherent)
  • truthman Mel Mar... 2012/06/13 08:27:34
    truthman
    +2
    Its better than the pills that doctors get people hooked on.
  • NgiYeWch! Mel Mar... 2012/06/13 14:41:18
    NgiYeWch!
    I heard about a mom who was a stoner and she put her son on her car's roof......Dahh! quit with all your lies, dammit!!!!!! pot makes you numb but at the same time..dumb simple as that.
  • Mel Mar... NgiYeWch! 2012/06/13 14:58:24
    Mel Martens
    Dumb people who are completely sober do stuff like that all the time...even leaving their daughters in pubs and forgetting clean about them. Like the British Priminister for instance.

    Smoking doesn't make people dumb, dumb people become dumber when they lose their inhibitions. Do not ever call someone a liar without actually going to check up on some facts on the matter, especially when this particular issue has been piled with facts up past our ears and yet people still refuse to believe it.

    It's like trying to tell someone the sky is blue and they keep looking at the grass and complaining that they can't see it so it must be green.
  • NgiYeWch! Mel Mar... 2012/06/22 20:28:25
    NgiYeWch!
    Admit it! You're one of 'em dumb people!! lolz!!! >.<
  • jennife... NgiYeWch! 2012/06/13 17:48:51
    jennifer.wales.104
    +1
    I don't understand why one instance where someone stupid anyway does something stupid and was found to have smoked marijuana, it is automatically attributed to the pot? Suddenly pot is bad because of ONE stupid person whereas sober people do stupid stuff all the time as well as drunk people. How can the mounting evidence against sober and drunks suddenly be negated just because of one person who was high. take that one person and stand it up against a mountain of people who wasn't high who did the same thing.
  • NgiYeWch! jennife... 2012/06/22 20:29:07
    NgiYeWch!
    who cares..
  • GUY FAWKES Ginger 2012/06/14 03:40:17
    GUY FAWKES
    Are you kidding me hahaha! I smoked a whole ounce in a day with my bro and I was to stoned to even think of murder.
  • NgiYeWch! GUY FAWKES 2012/06/22 20:36:40
    NgiYeWch!
    well how could you murder your brother who you enjoyed marijuana with??
  • brian 2012/06/13 04:46:20
    Cigarettes
    brian
    +1
    If we are trying to create a perfect human race then why don't we start with the worst bad habit, like Double Bacon Cheese Burgers, French Fries, and Big Gulps. Or we could outlaw freedom, Humanity, and living, then no one has to die.
  • SpiroSwagnew 2012/06/13 04:43:57
    Cigarettes
    SpiroSwagnew
    +2
    They're both worthless products of the ground. but one of them has rocket fuel in it.
  • Charles R. Anderson 2012/06/13 04:27:51
    Cigarettes
    Charles R. Anderson
    +1
    They are more addictive.
  • 11 Phenomenon - eNews 2012/06/13 03:47:53
    Pot
    11 Phenomenon - eNews
    +2
    Driving under the influence of cigarettes doesn't cause many fatal accidents. Both are unhealthy for the body.
  • ThePurp... 11 Phen... 2012/06/14 02:33:20
    ThePurpleHaze
    Marijuana doesn't affect driving ability either.
  • Alyssa 2012/06/13 03:24:20
    Pot
    Alyssa
    +1
    Pot is bad for the developement of teens brains that doesn't cause as much harm to the lungs as cigarettes do.
  • ThePurp... Alyssa 2012/06/14 02:35:40
    ThePurpleHaze
    Are you confusing the recreational user with the habitual user? Teenagers who smoked marijuana generally do it outside of school, on weekends, or at parties. It is smoked on a regular basis like cigarettes are. The recreational use of marijuana does not harm the brain's development. It does though however when the teenager is regularly under the affects of marijuana.
  • lil 2012/06/13 03:15:31
    Pot
    lil
    +3
    Cigarettes are very harmful, but smoking pot interferes with your brain developing its myelin sheath (it continues myelination until about the age of 25 years). This sheath speeds the brain action, thus if it is not developed properly the brain with be slow. And smoking is smoking to the lung - they don't care where the smoke comes from.
  • iHeartChopin 2012/06/13 03:11:52
    Cigarettes
    iHeartChopin
    +3
    Clear winner. I have heard few deaths from pot smoking, but cigarettes claim millions of lives, even a few if my own
  • lynda.appell2 2012/06/13 03:10:39
    Cigarettes
    lynda.appell2
    +2
    Pot is mostly illegal except for some health reasons. However cigarette smoking can negatively effect one's health including chronic bronchitis, emphysema, COPD, lung cancer, limb amputation. Female sterility, male impotence, accelerated aging. Other than these problems there's nothing wrong with smoking. ..Other than it can kill you
  • Abi 2012/06/13 02:54:55
    Cigarettes
    Abi
    +3
    I voted cigarettes because it can kill you by itself. Pot, however kills people by impairing their judgement. Plus, smoking anything is really not the best idea anyway.
  • truthman Abi 2012/06/13 08:29:25
    truthman
    have you ever smoked weed ?
  • Chuck 2012/06/13 02:51:10
    Pot
    Chuck
    +3
    Pot over a long period is far worse than cigarettes. Pot will actually fry your brain over a period of time while cigs. will give you cancer or whatever lung disease you might get. But I KNOW for a FACT about Pot. I have too many friends that have literally lost their ability to rationalize and think clearly from smoking pot.
  • Earthling Chuck 2012/06/13 04:26:18
    Earthling
    +1
    Citations please. Weed will stifle your ambition, but only until your high wears off. It will not "fry your brain".
  • jennife... Earthling 2012/06/13 17:53:19
    jennifer.wales.104
    getting drunk definately stifles ambition. lol

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