Research published in Journal of Health Economics It deals with the topic of tobacco use after cannabis legalization. Entitled, “Did Recreational Marijuana Laws Undermine Public Health Advances in Adult Tobacco Use?” Researchers found that cannabis reform in states led to declines in tobacco use. The research was conducted by Bentley University, San Diego State University, and Georgia State University. “This study is the first to comprehensively examine the effects of recreational cannabis legalization on adult tobacco use,” the authors explained.
The researchers uncovered three key findings in their study. First, “phase one” results from the National Survey of Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) and the Population Assessment on Tobacco and Health (PATH) “show consistent evidence that RML is harmful.” [recreational marijuana laws] Implementation will increase adult marijuana use, including e-cigarettes, by 2-5 percent. ”
Second, the author states: no evidence Legalization of recreational cannabis will increase adult smoking. ‘ And finally, ‘The adoption of RML with the opening of recreational cannabis dispensaries is associated with a significant increase in ENDS.’ [electronic nicotine delivery system] Rather than introducing RML without an open pharmacy, it should be used. ”
Ultimately, the authors concluded that the increase in the number of recreational pharmacies Describe marijuana and tobacco alternatives among adults. ”
But they conclude that the rise in cannabis has led to alarm from public health experts calling for more research. One of their main concerns is that the rise in cannabis smoking could lead to an unintended “renormalization of smoking” that could set back existing tobacco control policies.
A 1964 Surgeon General report famously linked tobacco use to lung cancer, stating that cigarette smoking “causes a 70% increase in mortality among smokers compared to nonsmokers. “It has said. National Library of Medicine. According to Surgeon General Luther L. Terry, the report “shocked the nation like a bomb. It became a major story.”
Nearly 60 years later, tobacco use has declined significantly. The authors found that tobacco use declined faster in states with recreational marijuana legalization than in states without it. “These results provide some support for the hypothesis that tobacco use declined in some of the earliest adopting states, particularly Colorado and Washington, and these states experienced the greatest increases in marijuana use after the enactment of the RML. It is also a state that has the authors concluded.
The authors also noted that the decline in tobacco use “is consistent with the hypothesis that recreational cannabis and tobacco may be a potential alternative for some adults.”
California’s legislature introduced a bill in February to ban the sale of cigarettes to people born after 2006 in a bid to phase out tobacco use and addiction. But tobacco industry leaders continue to look for new ways to enter the cannabis industry. British American Tobacco (BAT), one of the world’s largest tobacco companies, announced last September that it would buy Germany-based cannabis company Sanity Group GmbH. Kingsley Wheaton, BAT’s Chief Growth Officer, said last year, “As part of our ‘better tomorrow’ goal, we continue to transform our business by better understanding our current and future consumers. there are,” he said.
Data from other studies still show evidence that tobacco use continues to plummet. A May 2022 study found that cannabis legalization contributed to a decline in alcohol and tobacco consumption. Another July 2022 survey showed that cannabis use was much more favored by Australians than tobacco use, and a month later, in August 2022, Gallup Poll Surveys also show that Americans smoke more cannabis than cigarettes.