- In 2009, 19 percent of teens smoked; in 2011 it was 18 percent.
- Marijuana use rose from 21 percent in 2009 to 23 percent in 2011.
- More high school students smoke marijuana now than smoke cigarettes.
I don’t want to minimize a serious problem, but people can manipulate statistics to make any point. Some things just don’t add up here. I don’t think they are making a correct comparison. In the first line, 18 percent of teens smoke. That is down, that’s good. But are there more teens in 2011. The second line says that marijuana smoking went up to 23 percent. It doesn’t say 23 percent of all teens smoke but that the percentage rose. To put that in perspective, it would mean 41 percent of teens smoke something. I just don’t see that as reality. And you don’t smoke marijuana like you do a cigarette. It couldn’t be done.
I don’t like the conclusion. Don’t give me percentages, give me figures.
With that said, the fact any teen smokes anything, is a serious problem. Smoking is one of the leading causes of health problems. Even with the warnings and the graphic advertisements people—both teens and adults, still smoke.
Add that to obesity and you have a prescription for all manner of sickness and disease. It’s surprising how many people don’t care that much about the effects of both. Nothing will happen to me. They will always point out an uncle who lived to 90 and smoked every day. For everyone like that, thousands weren’t so lucky.
Everything in life is a choice. The Bible says that we have before us a choice between life and death. In case you don’t know which to choose, God says choose life.