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Uruguayan high school students smoking more marijuana than tobacco, nationwide survey says


MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay — Uruguayan high school students are smoking more marijuana than tobacco.

A nationwide survey on drug consumption released Wednesday by the National Drugs Board says 17 percent of high schoolers said they smoked pot in the past year versus 9 percent for tobacco. It's the first time since the survey began in 2003 that marijuana consumption is higher than tobacco use among high school students.

The survey of 11,248 people in 168 schools had a margin of error of plus or minus 0.9 percentage points.

Uruguay in 2013 became the first nation to approve a state-overseen marijuana market. Once registered and licensed, any Uruguayan adult will be allowed to grow plants at home or join a pot-growing club. Consumers soon will also be able to buy marijuana cigarettes from pharmacies.

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