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Teens Who Smoke Marijuana Do Better in School Than Cigarette Smokers, Study Shows

Hand holding a marijuana cigarette
Photo by Torben Hansen
By Travis Gettys
Students who smoke marijuana do better in school than their cigarette-smoking classmates, according to a new study.

Canadian researchers surveyed nearly 39,000 Ontario students in grades 7, 9, and 11 between 1981 and 2011 on their marijuana and tobacco use and their academic performance.

The study found that students who only smoked marijuana performed better in school than students who smoked only cigarettes or those who smoked both cigarettes and marijuana.

However, the researchers said their findings reflected the fact that fewer teens smoke today compared to 30 years ago.

Those students who do currently smoke make up a very “marginalized, vulnerable” population, said the study’s lead author, Michael Chaiton, assistant professor in epidemiology and public health policy at the University of Toronto.

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