Americans believe marijuana less harmful than cigarettes: poll

Americans believe marijuana less harmful than cigarettes: poll
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Americans believe that tobacco-based products like cigarettes are more harmful than marijuana, according to a new Gallup poll released Wednesday.

Eighty-two percent of respondents said they believe cigarettes are "very harmful," and 14 percent said they think they are "somewhat harmful."

That’s well above the 27 percent of respondents who said they think marijuana is "very harmful." Another 29 percent believe it’s "somewhat harmful."


Meanwhile, 24 percent said the substance was "not too harmful" and 18 percent said they believe marijuana is "not at all" harmful.

Chewing tobacco, cigars and a pipe were also generally viewed as "very harmful," with 71, 56 and 52 percent of respondents agreeing with the statement, respectively.

Respondents also said they think e-cigarettes, or “vaping,” is relatively less harmful than the tobacco-based products: 38 percent said they believed it is "very harmful."

The poll also found that about 16 percent of adults said they smoked a cigarette in the past week, half of the percentage who said the same in the 1980s.

In terms of usage, 5 percent of those polled said they use marijuana regularly, and another 8 percent said they use it occasionally.

The remaining products were all found to be used less frequently.

Gallup conducted phone interviews with 1,033 American adults from July 1-11. The poll has a margin of error of 4 percentage points.