Study: High school students prefer marijuana over cigarettes

(AP Photo, file/Alex Brandon)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A new study says high school seniors now prefer marijuana over cigarettes.

The group “Monitoring the Future” released their findings Wednesday.

This is the first time since the survey began in 1975 that daily marijuana use surpassed traditional tobacco cigarettes.

Six percent of 12th graders admitted to smoking marijuana every day, while 5.5 percent of seniors reported smoking cigarettes on a daily basis. That’s a drop from 2014, when 6.7 percent of high school seniors smoked cigarettes daily.

The perception of marijuana is also changing.

Almost 32 percent of seniors said they thought daily marijuana use could be harmful, whereas last year 36 percent felt it could be harmful.

Researchers said they feel fewer students think marijuana is dangerous because it’s sometimes prescribed for medicinal use. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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