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Teen Perceptions of Marijuana Risks Shift:  Use of Alcohol, Illicit Drugs, and Tobacco Declines

Bridget M. Kuehn, MSJ
JAMA. 2013;309(5):429-430. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.211240.
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Like many people, Chris Leibowitz, of Centreville, Virginia, first tried marijuana at a young age—in his case, beginning at age 13, when cigarettes and alcohol were relatively difficult to buy, but marijuana was available, and his friends downplayed the risks he’d heard about at school. He was high on marijuana the first time he tried cocaine a few years later, he explained as a featured speaker at a press conference held to announce the latest findings from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) annual Monitoring the Future survey of teen drug use.

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Use of cigarettes is declining among US teens, but a growing number of youth report recent marijuana use.

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