Adults See Alcohol, Cigarettes Riskier Than Marijuana

Americans view alcohol and cigarettes as more dangerous than marijuana.

A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey finds that just 17% of Adults rate use of marijuana as riskier than drinking alcohol. Fifty percent (50%) say alcohol is more dangerous, while 26% rate the two as equally risky. These findings are consistent with a survey last August.

Even a majority of adults who drink alcohol rate it as more dangerous than marijuana. Those who never drink alcohol are more closely divided.

Similarly, 46% say smoking cigarettes is more dangerous than smoking pot. Twenty-four percent (24%) disagree and say marijuana use is more dangerous. One-in-four (25%) view the two as equally dangerous.

Twenty-six percent (26%) of adults say smoking cigarettes should be outlawed, while 42% think marijuana should remain an illegal drug.  Americans are evenly divided over whether marijuana should be legalized in the United States, but most expect legalization to happen within the next decade.

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The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on July 21-22, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

Men feel more strongly than women that both alcohol and cigarettes are more dangerous than marijuana. Adults across all age groups share that belief, although younger Americans believe it even more strongly.

When it comes to alcohol, twenty percent (20%) of Americans drink several times a week, including nine percent (9%) who drink every day or nearly every day. Twenty-seven percent (27%) say they never drink.

Forty percent (40%) of Adults say they have smoked marijuana at some point in their lives. Eleven percent (11%) say they’ve smoked it in the past year. Those ages 18 to 29 are much more likely to have smoked marijuana in the past year than their elders.

Men drink more heavily than women. Twice as many married adults say they drink every day than unmarried adults, but unmarrieds are more than twice as likely as marrieds to have smoked pot in the past year. Those who say they’ve smoked marijuana drink more than those who have not tried pot.

– Press release from Rasmussen Reports.



  1. M.SebastianPatrick on

    Of course Marijuana is the SAFER alternative to tobacco. But remember in order to expose the lie-to show that the Emperor truly “wears no clothes” we must hold prohibitionist politicians to task and force them to explain why they are anti-marijuana but not pushing tobacco illegalization with the same zealotry. That plant kills more than ALL other drugs combined, has no medicinal value, and perfectly fits the United States’ DEA definition of a Schedule I controlled substance. Make the politicians explain why the criminalization of tobacco is not their priority-and the lie will sustain itself no longer. Stand together-every smoker of cannabis: and this fight will be won and we will truly have freedom of selves. Because the REAL controlled substance is the human brain.

  2. One12alpha on

    “Twenty-six percent (26%) of adults say smoking cigarettes should be outlawed, while 42% think marijuana should remain an illegal drug.”

    Should read, “26% of adults don’t understand the problem with prohibition, while 42% don’t know enough about marijuana to make an educated decision about its legality.”

  3. what? on

    whoever wrote this up is making some pretty far-fetched correlations. i don’t dig it at all.

  4. War Veteran on

    Pot is used as an expectorant . . . but please use a vaporizer or make it into a tea or butter for health reasons –we’ve lost so many years of science that we don’t 100% know like we do with tobacco of pots effect on the lungs –though not as bad as cigs as it is looking.

  5. Paul Goodman on

    Unfortunately most of our elected officials and their administrations in Canada and the U. S. are BRAINDEAD!

  6. persecutedinalberni on

    In a corrupt government of tyranny anything that kills or causes illness or injury is a good thing.

    I smoked for over 20yrs and when I quit a year and a half ago I was smoking 2 packs a day but I got smart andjust stayed with the dope of course and now I am very glad I quit.

    I smoked dope and cigs for years but trust me folks when your corrupt government persecuted you because you can solve the dissappearence and murders of little children it gives you all the courage you need to say “NO I will no longer give you money to kill me slowly with Cancer”.

    If you smoke cigs and are trying to quit and you smoke dope you should smoke even more dope once you quit the cigs,the dope you smoke will help clean the old shit out.

    There is a local hiking spot called “the lookout” and as a smoker I was near dead when I hiked to the top,huffing and puffying like mad.

    One day I read that people who stop smoking say at 5months after quiting thier lungs feel like new again especialy after working out and as it turned out at the time I read it it was exactly 5months without smoking.

    So I hiked up to the top of the lookout and without a word of a lie it was true my lungs felt like I was 20yrs old again,so I sat down and smoked a big fat

    So is it not obvious pot is good for the lungs because I was still smoking joints like I used to go through cigs at the time so how could I still be able to hike to the top of a mountain, actually be able to feel the difference in my lungs knowing they are now clean.
    After just reading something about how my lungs should be clear at 5months and then go confirm it the whole time being cronic and still my lungs are clean,now what does that tell you?

    It means pot is very good for you and cigs are bad for you is what it means and any person with a brain should know what one is better for you.