Teens are more likely to smoke marijuana than cigarettes, according to the CDC's Youth Risk Behavior report for 2011 released June 7.
From 2009 to 2011, cigarette use among teens decreased from 19 to 18 percent; during the same period, use of marijuana increased from 21 to 23 percent, the study said.
Despite the increase in marijuana use over that two year period, use has gone down from its 1999 high point of 27 percent.
The CDC report yielded several other encouraging developments in youth risk behavior including a sharp increase in seatbelt usage and a sharp decrease in drinking and driving/riding with someone who had consumed alcohol.
Car crashes are the number one cause of death among teens, however, those deaths have decreased 40 percent in the past decade.
by RTT Staff Writer
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