Cigarette smoking in the United States has been on a decline since 1964 when adult smoking prevalence rates peaked. As the population has become more cognizant of the health risks of smoking, fewer young people have picked up the habit. By 2020, only 13 out of every 100 adults in America (12.5%) smoked regularly.
A new report from Gallup has now revealed that young Americans are two times more likely to report smoking cannabis compared to tobacco cigarettes. Gallup analyzed survey data on marijuana and tobacco use among adults from 2001 to 2022, finding that past-week tobacco use by adults aged 18–29 has gone down from 15% in 2016 through 2018 to 12% in 2019 through 2022.
Interestingly, there was an increase in cannabis use during this period, with 26% of adults in the 18– to 29–year-old age group reporting that they smoke cannabis in 2019 to 2022 compared to 21% of adults in 2016 to 2018. The preference for cannabis in favor of tobacco was strongest among the youngest generation of adults. This is likely due to a variety of factors, such as increased public campaigns on the dangers of tobacco as well as a change in perception of the purported harms of cannabis.
Furthermore, there is also a chance that people are more comfortable reporting cannabis use amid countrywide drug reform efforts that have seen dozens of states legalize cannabis and lawmakers table legislation to legalize cannabis at the federal level.
Although around 40% of adults in the 18- to 29-year-old age group were more likely to vape or smoke something, 11% reported smoking only cannabis compared to 3% who only smoked tobacco. On the other hand, adults in the 30- to 49-year-old age group were more likely to report smoking only cigarettes in the past week (11%) compared to those who smoked only cannabis within the past week (8%).
This latest poll adds to the growing body of research showing that tobacco use is experiencing a steady decline while cannabis use is becoming more preferable to young adults.
A different poll released by Gallup in August was the first-ever survey where more Americans openly admitted to consuming cannabis in the past week compared to those who reported smoking cigarettes.
Another Gallup poll from 2019 revealed that young people are more likely to smoke cannabis than cigarettes. The poll found that cigarette consumption was at a 75-year low at 15% while cannabis use had remained relatively stable for the previous four years at 12%.
As more entities enter the cannabis space to serve the growing number of consumers, companies such as REZYFi Inc., which provide funding to marijuana companies, are likely to see surging demand for their services.
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