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Study: College students using marijuana daily more than cigarettes, alcohol

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For the first time, the percentage of college students nationwide who said they smoke marijuana daily surpassed the percentage who were daily cigarette smokers.

According to the annual Monitoring the Future study from the University of Michigan, 5.9 percent of college students said they used marijuana daily or nearly every day in 2014.

That's the highest rate since the survey began in 1980.

Comparatively, approximately 5.2 percent of students reported smoking cigarettes daily and 4.3 percent drank alcohol every day.

The study attributes the rise in daily marijuana smoking to an increased perception that the drug isn't dangerous.

According to the survey, 35 percent of 19-to-20-year-olds said they thought regular marijuana use was dangerous last year, down from 55 percent in 2006.

Drug use in general was up in 2014, with the study's authors attributing the increase largely to students using more marijuana and amphetamines such as MDMA, otherwise known as ecstasy.

The survey found 10.1 percent of students reported using amphetamines for nonmedical reasons in 2014, up from 5.7 percent in 2008.

Some drugs are falling out of favor, however. The survey found fewer students reported using narcotics, tranquilizers, hallucinogens, inhalants and synthetic marijuana.

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