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August 23, 1995

Administration Attacks Increasing Use of Marijuana

JAMA. 1995;274(8):598-599. doi:10.1001/jama.1995.03530080014006

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MARIJUANA use among adolescents has increased substantially during the past 3 years. Nearly one third (30.7%) of high school seniors surveyed recently said they smoked marijuana at least once in the past year compared with 26% in 1993 and 21.9% in 1992. The recent increase has been most marked among eighth graders, among whom it has doubled since 1991.

The survey is one that has been conducted annually among adolescents since 1975 by Lloyd D. Johnston, PhD, acting director of the Substance Abuse Center at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, for the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).

At the same time, figures recently released indicate that 30% more teenagers were smoking cigarettes in 1994 compared with 1991.

Although cigarettes are legal, in the view of experts in the field both of these developments are ominous, since it means there is an expanding pool of young people willing to

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