For the first time ever, more Americans are smoking marijuana than tobacco.
The number of Americans smoking marijuana has reached 16%, the highest portion recorded since the pollster began asking the question in 2013, according to a new Gallup survey released this month. Just 11% of Americans say they’ve smoked cigarettes in the past week, though.
Smoking weed is now more popular than smoking tobacco
For the first time in Gallup polling, more Americans (16%) said they smoke marijuana than had smoked a tobacco cigarette (11%) in the past week https://t.co/fLdJN86ReJ
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The rate of cigarette smoking was the lowest Gallup has ever recorded, dating back to the 1940s. The highest rate ever recorded was 45% in 1954.
Americans were split on whether or not marijuana has a positive impact on society. 53% said marijuana use has some degree of positive impact on most marijuana users, but only 49% said it had a positive impact on society as a whole.
Marijuana experimentation actually declined slightly between 2021 and 2022, from 49% to 48%. The substance is now fully legalized in 18 states and the District of Columbia however, it is still illegal federally, according to Gallup.
The emergence of e-cigarettes has put a dent in the number of Americans who smoke tobacco products. 8% of Americans reported vaping in the past week, a substantial portion of whom use e-cigarettes as a tool to quit smoking, according to Gallup. (RELATED: Federal Court Blocks FDA’s Juul Ban)
The Gallup poll on marijuana use had a sample size of 1,013 U.S. adults with a margin of error of 4 points, and was conducted between July 5 and 26.