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2022 Study: Cannabis Usage Among Tobacco Smokers

Updated: Mar 12, 2023

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A September 2022 peer-reviewed research study entitled "Impact of Cannabis Legalization in the U.S. on Trends in Cannabis Use Among Individuals Who Smoke Cigarettes" that was published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence explored "changes from 2004 to 2017 in the prevalence of cannabis cigarette users."

The researchers examined whether state cannabis laws modified these trends and leveraged and analyzed "public and restricted-use data from the 2004–2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health."


The study found that cannabis use, including daily use, "increased significantly" among both tobacco cigarette smokers and non-cigarette smokers over the 13-year period reviewed. "Cannabis use and daily cannabis use were consistently 2–10 times more common" within tobacco cigarette consumers. "In 2017, cannabis use and daily cannabis use were substantially more common among individuals who used cigarettes" reported the scientists.

"Cannabis use is increasing among U.S. individuals who both smoke and do not smoke [tobacco] cigarettes," but it is more common among tobacco smokers.

They reported that cannabis and daily cannabis use was "even greater among those who live in states where cannabis was legal for medical or recreational (i.e., non-medical) use." The study concluded that "cannabis use and daily cannabis use are increasing among U.S. individuals who both smoke and do not smoke [tobacco] cigarettes," but that cannabis use was more common among tobacco cigarette smokers.

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