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More US teens smoking marijuana than smoking cigarettes, says CDC

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A new government survey shows more teens are smoking marijuana than are smoking cigarettes, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday.

The CDC found 23 percent of high schoolers said they recently smoked pot, while only 18 percent said they'd recently had a cigarette. The survey questioned the kids on a variety of risky businesses.

While teen smoking has been on the decline for decades, last year marked the first time the measure of marijuana clearly rose above the cigarette cloud.

A University of Michigan study also found that partaking of pot had surpassed cigarette use, and that teens today may see marijuana as less dangerous than cigarettes.