Do More Americans Smoke Marijuana Than Cigarettes? YES!

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More Americans smoke marijuana than cigarettes!

This according to the results of a recent Gallup poll

According to Gallup, 16% of those surveyed said that they smoke marijuana, up from 12% in a similar poll a year ago. In a separate poll, only 11% said that they had smoked tobacco in the previous week.

By contrast, in the 1950s 45% of adults polled admitted to being tobacco smokers.

The percentage of those who said they smoke marijuana was the highest since Gallup began asking the question in 2013.

The surveys also found that the percentage of Americans who have smoked tobacco in the previous week has fallen to its lowest point since Gallup began asking the question in 1944, to 11%.

This is good news for the health of Americans as smoking tobacco is known to be harmful to health and adds to the overall cost of healthcare.

It is also good news for the cannabis sector as it shows that smoking cannabis is becoming more and more popular in the United States. And more use of cannabis means enhanced health for its users. After all, cannabis knows not if someone is using it for recreational or medicinal purposes.

This news also bodes well for legalization efforts. According to Gallup’s latest polls, 68% of U.S. adults think marijuana should be legal.

Experience is key to the fact that more Americans smoke marijuana than cigarettes.

Americans are split on whether or not they think that marijuana has positive effects on individuals and on society as a whole.  But sadly, the people with the negative views about marijuana are the ones who have never tried it.  And therefore they the the ones with the least amount of knowledge about it, save government and corporate sponsored brainwashing and propaganda.  This uninformed populace are the ones holding EVERYONE back from the benefits of full cannabis legalization.

According to Gallup:

  • The vast majority of adults who say they have tried marijuana, think marijuana's effects on users (70%) and society at large (66%) are positive.
  • Conversely, the majority of those who have never tried marijuana think its effects are negative: 72% say this about its effect on society and 62% about its effect on users.

Regardless of any misguided opinions people may have, and there are a lot of uneducated people with misguided opinions about cannabis, the simple fact remains, it is simply more healthy to smoke marijuana than tobacco.

About the author 

Cheri Sicard

Cheri Sicard is the editor of, the author of Mary Jane: The Complete Marijuana Handbook for Women (2015, Seal Press) and The Cannabis Gourmet Cookbook (2012, Z-Dog Media). Her blog is

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