PUBLIC OPINION > Most People Think That Cigarettes Are Worse For You Than Pot
SodaHead Living 2012/06/12 18:00:00
Teenagers are faced with a lot of temptations, both in and out of school, and for many, it's hard to keep those danger levels straight. That can be troubling for parents. For instance, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently reported that fewer teens are smoking cigarettes, but more teens are smoking pot. Is that better or worse that the status quo? We asked the public for some input.
Fortunately for parents, it looks like the trend toward pot is a positive sign. Not much is known about the long-term physical effects of marijuana, so it's very difficult to cite plausible information on its dangers, but the fact that it's so difficult to connect to major concerns like lung cancer and brain development gives it a good leg up. Tobacco is a confirmed killer; pot is a confirmed couch-magnet.
Teens Against Tobacco
Anyone who's been affected by tobacco, either directly or through the loss of a loved one, should be thrilled to see that teens are well aware of the dangers of cigarettes. Of course, this isn't the same as asking if tobacco is dangerous, but if teens are thinking critically enough to place it above pot on the danger scale, it's still a great sign.
Conservatives Consult the Law
Health isn't the only issue at hand here. There are also legal issues to consider. While it is illegal for teens to buy tobacco products, getting caught with weed will get you in way more trouble, regardless of age. Conservatives were one of the few demographics to say weed is a greater danger, and many respondents cited the substance's legality as a reason.
Women Warn Against Cigs
We really weren't sure what to expect when it came to gender, but sure enough, a correlation did emerge. Men were actually much more likely than women to cite pot as a dangerous substance for teens. Typically, gender-related smoking statistics aren't that pronounced, and the smoking demographic showed no difference anyway. Maybe it's just the smell.
If you'd like to vote on this question, dig deeper into the demographics, or engage in existing discussion about the topic, visit our poll about cigarettes and pot. We'd love to hear from you!
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