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Youth & Marijuana

Marijuana smoke contains 50-70 percent more carcinogenic hydrocarbons than tobacco smoke. It impairs learning and academic performance. Studies have shown a link between adolescent marijuana use and increased risk of mental health issues. For those who start using marijuana in their teens, 1 in 6 will become addicted to it. Among daily users the risk goes up to 25-50%.

Marijuana use among Teens
Marijuana is the most widely used illicit drug used by teens today. Approximately 60 percent of the kids who use drugs use only marijuana. Of the 14.6 million marijuana users in 2002, approximately 4.8 million used it on 20 or more days in any given month (Kids and Marijuana).

The marijuana that is available to teens today is much stronger than the marijuana that was available in the 1960’s. Sometimes it is also laced with other, more potent drugs. Marijuana is physically addictive. Each year, 100,000 teens are treated for marijuana dependence. Teens who smoke marijuana heavily experience much the same symptoms of withdrawal as users of nicotine.


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