Tell It to The Politicians ! Regular cannabis use now more accepted by Australians than smoking tobacco, study finds

The Guardian reports

Regular cannabis use has become more accepted than smoking tobacco, the latest National Drug Strategy Household Survey (NDSHS) has found.

The 2019 data, compiled by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and released on Friday, asked around 20,000 people aged 14 and over about their attitudes towards drugs.

It found, for the first time, 20% of respondents supported regular cannabis use compared to 15% in support of tobacco.

As cannabis became more widely acceptable, more Australians were in favour of greater penalties against tobacco use, in line with falling rates of smokers nationally.

Some 85% of Australians supported stricter law enforcement against supplying minors with tobacco, while about seven in 10 thought the use of electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes should be restricted in public places.

Support was highest in the ACT, with 72% in favour of the restriction of e-cigarette use, compared to 61% in the Northern Territory.

At the same time, a record two in five Australians now support legalising cannabis, an increase of 16% in the past decade.


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