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Past-month marijuana use up one-third among eighth-graders, doubles among tenth-graders,
nearly doubles among twelfth-graders since 1992

1992 saw the lowest levels of drug use since the Monitoring the Future Survey originated in 1975. A legalization movement that began in the early 1990s saw its first success in 1996 when California legalized marijuana for medical use, and legalization for both medical and recreational use took off as more states copied California’s lead. One result? An escalation of marijuana use among the nation’s adolescents.

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Daily marijuana use triples
among all three age groups during that time.
Lifetime and past-year marijuana use also are up since 1992. Charts showing these increases follow.

Nicotine vaping soars among tenth-graders 
and twelfth-graders in a single year

This marks the largest year-to-year increase in substance use ever recorded in the MTF Survey.

At a briefing that released the 2018 survey results, 
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said, "We have never seen use of any substance by America's young people rise this rapidly. This is an unprecedented challenge." 

The Surgeon General warned that nicotine vaping among teens has reached epidemic levels that threaten to hook a new generation on nicotine. 

Teens don't realize that e-cigarettes contain high levels of nicotine. The capsules in Juuls, the most popular brand among young people, contain as much nicotine as a pack of 20 cigarettes.

Charts showing lifetime and past-year nicotine vaping among these age groups follow.

Parents and teachers who want to know what these devices look like can search Google for "E-Cigarettes." 

Read "Surgeon General Warns Youth Vaping is Now an 'Epidemic'" here.
Read Monitoring the Future Press Release here.

Marijuana vaping also jumped in just one year

The Monitoring the Future Survey asked questions about vaping specific substances for the first time last year. The substantial increase in marijuana vaping from 2017 to 2018 worries experts who fear this trend will continue.

Marijuana capsules, which can replace nicotine capsules in e-cigarettes or can be used in vape pens designed specifically for marijuana contain high levels of THC.

Parents and teachers who want to see what these devices look like can search Google for "Marijuana Vape Pens."

In each grade, the percent vaping marijuana
in the past 30 days rose by more than half
from 2017 to 2018.

No issues of The Marijuana Report will be published December 26 or January 2. Publication will resume January 9, 2019. Happy Holidays to all!

The Marijuana Report is a weekly e-newsletter published by National Families in Action in partnership with SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana).

Visit National Families in Action's website, The Marijuana Report.Org, to learn more about the marijuana story unfolding across the nation.

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The Marijuana Report Staff
Executive Editor
Sue Rusche
Nicole Carter
IT Consultant
Lee Clontz
Social Media Coordinator
Margarita Eberline
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Realtor Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices – Georgia Properties, Atlanta.

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Attorney (Ret.), Lakewood Ranch, Florida
Founder & Chairman, Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association 

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President and CEO, J. Addams & Partners, Atlanta.

Jack L. Arbiser, MD, PhD, Director
Thomas J. Lawley Professor of Dermatology
Winship Cancer Institute, Emory University, Atlanta

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Founder, Caron Solutions Intensive Outpatient Program, Roswell, Georgia.

Shannon Murphy, MD FAAP, Director
Birmingham, Alabama 
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United Parcel Service, Atlanta.
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