Teen Habits: Less Alcohol and Cigarettes, More Pot
The U.S. Federal government is reporting that American teens are using more pot, and less alcohol and cigarettes. Now, it wouldn't be good to encourage pot use among kids, but it's better than alcohol and cigarettes. It's less harmful and quite frankly it shows some good sense. Good for you generation whatever. Seriously though stay away from Spice and K2, it's toxic and gross. - BakedLife
Cigarette and alcohol use among teens is at the lowest level in decades, but marijuana use is on the rise, according to a survey released on Wednesday.
Although alcohol remains popular among teens, rates of underage and binge drinking showed significant declines, researchers said.
Overall, cigarette and alcohol usages by teens are at the lowest points since the first survey was taken in 1975.
Marijuana use among teens rose in 2011 for the fourth straight year -- a sharp contrast to a dramatic decline that occurred in the preceding decade.
Daily marijuana use is at a 30-year peak level among high school seniors, the survey found.
Nearly 47,000 students from 400 public and private schools were polled in classrooms earlier this year.
Among 12th graders, 36.4 percent said they smoked marijuana in the past year and 6.6 percent reported daily use, it found.
The 2011 survey for the first time included questions about use of synthetic marijuana, a blend of herbs and spices laced with chemicals and commonly branded Spice or K2.
More than 11 percent of high school seniors reported using the synthetic substance in the past year, it found.
Until recently, K2 and Spice were sold legally online, in gas stations and other shops. Earlier this year federal regulators banned some of the synthetic chemicals.