Students who smoke marijuana – and refrain from smoking tobacco –achieve higher levels of academic success than their “marginalized” cigarette-smoking peers.
A new study published in the Journal of School Health finds that pot-smoking teens outperform students who smoke cigarettes and weed, or those who just smoke cigarettes. The research spanning from 1981-2011 surveyed 39,000 Ontario students in grades 7, 9, and 11, and revealed that the tobacco itself is not to blame for the academic gap, but instead it is the social stigma that now surrounds those who smoke tobacco.
“Social norms have changed and the population of people who use marijuana are more like the general population,” Michael Chaiton, assistant professor in epidemiology and public health policy at the University of Toronto, and lead author of the study, told CTV News.
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