Survey: Cannabis Less Harmful than Cigarettes, Vapes, Alcohol, & Opioids

New York regulators on Thursday shut down multiple unlicensed cannabis shops in Ithaca, Binghamton, and New York City. The companies face fines of up to $10,000 per day of operating without a license.

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A survey by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and Morning Consult found Americans believe cannabis is less harmful than cigarettes, vapes, alcohol, and prescribed and non-prescribed opioids but more harmful than technology.

The survey also found that respondents believed that cannabis was less addictive than cigarettes, vapes, alcohol, prescribed and non-prescription opioids, and technology.

In a statement, APA President Dr. Petros Levounis said the survey showed “It is clear that we have gotten the message through that cigarettes are dangerous and addictive.”

“We can help prevent more Americans from other potentially addictive behaviors, like drinking alcohol and technology use. For instance, vaping is just as, if not more addictive than cigarette smoking. We can also make sure that people know about our current safe and effective treatments for both substance use disorders and the behavioral addictions. Addiction treatment works.” — Levounis in a press release

Among those surveyed, 13% said they consumed cannabis daily, along with 21% who smoked cigarettes daily, 8% that used vapes daily, 7% that consumed alcohol daily, 4% that used prescribed opioids daily, 2% that used non-prescribed opioids daily, and 67% that used technology daily.

The poll was conducted April 20-22, 2023, and included a sample of 2,201 adults.

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