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Originally published Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 10:28 AM

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WA students say pot more popular than cigarettes

Washington high school students who participated in a statewide health survey say they are twice as likely to smoke marijuana as cigarettes.

The Associated Press

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SEATTLE —

Washington high school students who participated in a statewide health survey say they are twice as likely to smoke marijuana as cigarettes.

State health officials say high school smoking has decreased significantly across the state, with cigarette smoking down in grades 6, 8, 10 and 12. But the number of high school students who believe using marijuana is risky is also at a low point.

Washington voters legalized marijuana possession for adults over 21 this past November, but it possession remains illegal for youth. Some anticipated tax revenue from sales of marijuana at state licensed stores will be devoted to youth prevention education.

The healthy youth survey conducted in 2012 also found that fewer students are using alcohol, compared to 2010.

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