Cigs out, pot in

One in four Americans smoke tobacco or marijuana—younger groups favor cannabis, vaping

Though recreational marijuana use is legal in just 11 states, more young people (ages 18-29) smoke marijuana and vape than use cigarettes, according to a recent Gallup poll. One in four adults in America (27 percent) reported having smoked either cigarettes, e-cigarettes or marijuana in the past week. But the percentage of adults who smoke traditional cigarettes has continued to decline, reaching a 75-year low: 15 percent of adults reported smoking cigarettes in the past week, compared with 45 percent in the ’50s. The number of adults who said they smoke cannabis (12 percent) is consistent with Gallup’s findings since 2015. Interestingly, however, this latest poll found that more men reportedly smoke marijuana than women, 15 percent versus 9 percent. Adults younger than 30 are the least likely, along with seniors, to smoke cigarettes (14 percent and 7 percent, respectively). Those under 30 also are more likely to smoke marijuana (22 percent) and vape (19 percent).