More Teens Smoke Marijuana Than Cigarettes

Kara Powell | Dec 22, 2010

Some of us at Fuller were a bit surprised by this article released last week describing research indicating that more teens are smoking marijuana than cigarettes. The most disturbing part of the article for me was this:

“‘Young people are increasingly seeing marijuana as not dangerous,’ said lead investigator Lloyd Johnston of the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research. When the proportion of teens who view marijuana as risky declines, Johnston says, use typically increases.”

I can’t help but wonder if some states’ (including California’s) ballot measures to legalize marijuana might have something to do with this. Or if students are surrounded by so many high-risk behaviors that what used to seem “risky” doesn’t seem so risky now.

This week, in the midst of research like this that is a bit depressing, I’m so glad we get to point teenagers to Jesus. He is the answer to the questions students are asking about themselves, their desires, and their fears.

Kara Powell

Dr. Kara Powell is the Executive Director of the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI), a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary, and Fuller's Chief of Leadership Formation. Named by Christianity Today as one of “50 Women You Should Know,” Kara serves as a Youth and Family Strategist for Orange, and also speaks regularly at parenting and leadership conferences. Kara is the author or coauthor of a number of books, including Growing Young, Growing With, The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family, Sticky Faith Curriculum, Can I Ask That?, Deep Justice Journeys, Deep Justice in a Broken World, Deep Ministry in a Shallow World, and the Good Sex Youth Ministry Curriculum. Kara lives with her husband Dave and their three children, Nathan, Krista, and Jessica, in Southern California.


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