According to a new survey, teenagers are less inclined to smoking, drinking, or use illicit drugs in the past decades. The federal survey analyzed data gathered from approximately 50,000 high school students. The results suggested that, other than marijuana, the number of teenagers using illicit drugs has dropped considerably since 1991. Hence, 5 percent of 8th graders have tried marijuana in the past twelve months, 14 percent of 10th-grade teenagers admitted to using the drug for recreational purposes, and 12 percent of senior high school students also tested positive for marijuana use.
According to the Monitoring the Future survey, the new findings represent historical laws since the peak of the 1990s’ drug war. Moreover, cigarette and alcohol use also registered new lows. The survey shows that 36 percent of the participants to the study have consumed alcohol in 2015. When compared to the 1991 readings, the alcohol use among the teenage population has dropped by half. In 1991, approximately 67 percent of freshmen and senior high school students consumed alcohol. Also, at some point in their lifetimes, nearly 63 percent teenagers smoked cigarettes 25 years ago. In 2016, only 28 percent keep up the practice.
Moreover, the vaping industry grows on youngsters with each passing year. Hence, scientists and doctors have been keeping a close eye on the teenage population that chose the electronic cigarettes over tobacco products. According to the same study, teen vaping has also declined in 2016 for the first time since the researchers began tracking the practice nearly five years ago.
Hence, only 13 percent of senior high school students admitted to the use of electronic cigarettes in 2016, as opposed to 16 percent in previous years. Also, 3 percent fewer 10th graders used electronic cigarettes this year. Ultimately, the survey found that 6 percent 8th-grade students have tried vaping in 2016, as opposed to 8 percent, registered before.
“Each of these declines was statistically significant”, reads the study.
While cannabis has been legalized in several states across the U.S., authorities expected to see a rise in marijuana use among the teenage population. However, the new study proves the opposite. Law enforcement agencies, as well as researchers and doctors say they are baffled by the results.
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