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Monitoring the Future Releases Data for 2014

The University of Michigan’s Monitoring the Future national survey of substance use among students in U.S. middle schools and high schools has released results from 2014. Overall, for 8th graders, use of alcohol, cigarettes, marijuana, and a number of other illicit drugs declined since the last survey in 2013. Overall trends for all students indicated that both alcohol and cigarette use in this most recent survey were at their lowest points since the study began back in 1975.


E-cigarette use has surpassed cigarette use among 8th graders. Comparison data prior to 2014 are not available as 2014 was the first year e-cigarette use was assessed.

Here are some statistics for 8th graders assessed in 2014.

In the past month…
  • 9.0% used alcohol
  • 8.7% used e-cigarettes
  • 6.5% used marijuana
  • 4.0% smoked cigarettes
  • 2.7% have been drunk
  • 2.2% used inhalants
The 2014 Monitoring the Future full study findings can be found on the Monitoring the Future website.

Citation: Johnston, L. D., O'Malley, P. M., Miech, R.A., Bachman, J. G., & Schulenberg, J. E. (2015). Monitoring the Future national results on adolescent drug use: Overview of key findings, 2014. Ann Arbor, Mich.: Institute for Social Research, the University of Michigan.


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