Daily Marijuana Use among U.S. College Students is Rising, Surpasses Cigarette

For the first time since data has been collected, college students’ use of marijuana has surpassed cigarette smoking, according to a new national survey. In 2014, 5.9 percent of college students were smoking marijuana daily or near-daily. That compares with 3.5 percent in 2007. Researchers conducting the University of Michigan’s Monitoring the Future study theorized that much of the increase may be due to the fact that public perception of the dangers of marijuana use have shifted dramatically in recent years with its legalization in a growing number of jurisdictions. Students seem to have also absorbed the messages in public health campaigns in recent years about the dangers of cigarettes.