November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, and while cigarette use by college students is on the decline, use of other substances is on the rise, according to a study conducted by the University of Michigan.
Although marijuana use is more popular than cigarette use among young people, smoking cigarettes or marijuana could both elevate a student’s risk for lung damage or other health issues.
“It’s a bit of a complicated subject, as it’s not just the [tobacco] smoke that’s harmful to the lungs,” Colleen Miller, director of communications for the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer, said. “It’s also the 400-plus additives and other harmful substances that are in cigarettes.”
The University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research conducted a study in 2014 that indicated 20.8 percent of full-time students smoked marijuana over the course of a month and only 12.9 percent of students smoked cigarettes during that month.
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The University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research 2014 study titled “Monitoring the Future” indicated 20.8 percent of