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Fewer Teens Smoking, More Turning to Marijuana

FARGO, ND (WDAY TV)- There is good news and bad news when it comes to teens and smoking. The good news is fewer teens are smoking cigarettes. The bad news is more and more are taking up marijuana instead.

A startling study by the National Institute on Drug Abuse shows marijuana use ahead of smoking among 12th graders. And those using pot and other drugs are getting younger and younger.

The nationwide survey shows 16% of 8th graders have used illicit drugs, up from 14.5% in 2009.

School counselors say students seem to be more comfortable with talking about drug use because of all the exposure they get through movies, video games and the internet.

Some teens at Carl Ben Eielson Middle School in Fargo say they don't necessarily see kids using drugs, but many will brag about getting high or talk about using drugs.

"They say, 'oh, I got so high last night and I got baked,'" said 8th grader Mia Sorby.

"The people that do do it, I know they like to pressure people into doing things that other people don't like doing," said another 8th grader, Nicole Trau.

In a recent Carl Ben student survey, 6 % of 8th graders say they've tried marijuana.

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