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Washington High School Students Choose Pot Over Cigarettes

Washington students reveal that they are twice as likely to smoke marijuana as cigarettes.

Over 200,000 teenagers participated in a voluntary and anonymous survey conducted by the Washington State Department of Social & Health Services in October 2012.

According to the 2012 Health Youth Survey, 9.5 percent of 10th graders smoke cigarettes and 19 percent use marijuana. Almost 16 percent seniors smoke cigarettes and 27 percent use marijuana. Among 10th graders, 54 percent do not perceive marijuana as harmful.

The Washington State Department of Social & Health Services recently released a statement in an online document titled, “Youth Survey Facts:”

Historically, as perception of harm goes down, use goes up.”
The Healthy Youth Survey is taken every two years by students in grades 6, 8, 10 and 12 in more than 1,000 public schools in Washington.

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