Study Shows Increased Marijuana Use in Teens, But JSYK Readers Say They're Non-Smokers

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Last week, we posted about a new study by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, which showed increased marijuana use in teens. However, for the first time, the survey reported that fewer high school seniors are smoking cigarettes.

The article sparked a heated debate amongst readers, who argued about everything from the dangers of smoking cigarettes to reasons why marijuana isn't as bad as some think. When we asked you to tell us about your smoking habits, over 67 percent of you said you don't smoke at all. Still, 14 percent admitted to smoking marijuana, 7.5 percent said they smoke cigarettes and over 10 percent of poll-takers said they smoke both.
"Its so freakin' stupid to do any of tht!" VBALLROCKS wrote. "When ur smoking ur not just hurting urself ur also hurting those around u! Second hand smoke is even worse then if u urself smoke it! It's lyk ok if u wanna hav a shorter life go right ahead, if u wanna c ur friends die before ur eyes go ahead, if u wanna ruin anything good in ur life tht may happen plz, be my guest, go for it."

But not everyone agrees. RebelBoy3943, a high school junior, admits that he smokes both cigarettes and marijuana, but says that marijuana actually helps him. "I've been recently diagnosed with Manic Depressive Disorder (Bi-Polar) and as you may or may not know people who are Bi Polar go through many ups and downs," he explains. "On days I would feel extremely down and have suicidal thoughts would be the days i would most likely smoke weed. When I smoked marijuana it cleared my mind giving me the few hours of peace i strived for during that state of depression."

Check out more reader responses here. What do you think about the topic now that you've heard from both sides? Are you surprised to see how many people admitted to smoking cigarettes and marijuana? Or are you more interested by how many people said they don't smoke? Let us know your thoughts in the comments. %Poll-57437%

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