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March 18, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Washington state high-school students more likely to use pot than cigarettes

Less tobacco use is positive

Statistics showing that Washington state high-school students would rather smoke weed than tobacco should not be viewed so harshly [“Teens more likely to use pot than cigarettes,” NWFriday, March 15].

The fact that teens are using tobacco less is in itself extremely positive and should be celebrated, regardless of what else people might believe is correlated to this (smoking pot). Studies also show a decrease in alcohol use and a rise in grades and general attitude toward school becoming more positive in high-school students.

Tobacco has been phased out because it never claimed to have health benefits, and is a known cause of death; it makes sense that it has decreased in use.

Marijuana, on the other hand, has been recently made legal in Washington and Colorado, has no risk of death and has known health benefits. In my opinion, if kids would rather smoke pot than tobacco, it’s a good thing.

Trying to compare the war on tobacco with the war on marijuana use doesn’t make sense, and these should not be lumped into the same category when it comes to getting support from the public on this subject.

–Hannah Louise Gose, Seattle

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