Vaping & Marijuana Use Rise Sharply in College-age Adults in 2019

A new survey from Monitoring the Future (MTF) found vaping marijuana and vaping nicotine rose sharply in the past three years among college-age (19-22 years old) adults. The percentage of college students who said they vaped marijuana in the past 30 days rose from 5.2% in 2017 to 14% in 2019.

“We are seeing an increasingly concerning trend,” said Nora D. Volkow, M.D., director of National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). “Many young people may view vaping and cannabis use as ‘safer’, but the reality is that nicotine is highly addictive, and cannabis can also be addictive, particularly in younger adults for whom the brain is still developing.”

The MTF study has been annually tracking substance use among college students and non-college adults since 1980.

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