Kids today. They may be selfish and have their heads stuck in their phone screens and wrecking their brains with Insta-Snap-Tindr-Twitter-Vine-Graming 24/7 but at least they’re going to live a lot longer than their folks will, based on what they prefer to smoke if they’re going to smoke.
A new survey published Wednesday by “Monitoring the Future” says that, for the first time in the history of surveys, more 12th graders smoke weed every day than rip ciggies. Six percent of students polled puff cheeba on the reg while only 5.5 percent can say the same thing of the un-wacky tobaccy, according to TIME.
The numbers by themselves aren’t all that impressive: 6 isn’t too much higher than 5.5 if our math is right. But compared to years past, the stats show a trend that promises pinker lungs for the future grownups of America. Just last year, 6.7 percent of 12th graders said they smoke cigarettes every day, making a drop down to 5.5 pretty substantial. 2015 is the first year, since “Monitoring the Future” started asking youngsters what plants they like to burn and inhale in 1975, that most smoking students said they prefer Marley to Marlboros.
Some other changes were discovered in the poll, ones that might explain the pot/tobacco ratio changeup. In 2014, 36 percent of seniors said they thought regular weed smokage could damage their bod, but this year only 32 percent said the same thing.
Dr. Nora D. Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse at the National Institutes of Health , which conducted the study, told TIME she was surprised that jay-lighting, bong ripping, and dab igniting hadn’t risen more in the last year. Weed smoking rates were pretty stable from 2014 to this year. “The sense that marijuana has medicinal purposes and that doctors are prescribing it creates a sense that this drug cannot be so harmful,” Volkow said.
That combined with the policy changes of states around the country toward cannabis suggested to the researchers a change in teen use of weed as well, but that just ain’t the case. “All of those factors have led many to predict that there would be an increase in the pattern of use of marijuana among teenagers, and we are not seeing it.”