Put This in Your Pipe and Smoke It

You might've heard recently that traditional cigarette smoking has hit an all-time low. According to the CDC, just 14% of adults smoke cigs. That's seemingly good news about Americans choosing healthier lifestyles or is it? There are two running-related thoughts/jokes I've had ongoing for about 20 years.  

First, smoking cigarettes will eventually be banned but we'll all be required to buy them for the tax revenue. Second, sooner or later, they'll be more people that convince themselves that smoking pot is safer than smoking cigarettes. 

Thought number one hasn't happened yet. However, the second one now has and Gallup just wrapped up research on the topic. They found that 97% feel smoking cigarettes is harmful and 94% say using chewing tobacco is hurtful as well. 

The results are pretty overwhelming. Not too many folks are in denial. So, what did the study show about Mary J? 56% think using marijuana is harmful. The question wasn't about the medicinal variety that you can come up with in Florida with a wink and a nod from doctor and cash in hand from a dispensary

Just to illustrate how effective the marketing campaign for weed has been of late, 73% of folks said that vaping is harmful. So, there it is. Life as we see it today. The average American now thinks that smoking pot is safer than smoking anything else. Now, how are smoking rates looking? While a record low 14% of Americans may be smoking cigs. A record high (no pun intended) 13% are smoking pot. 

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