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Wash. Health Sec. Worries About Anti-Pot Efforts for Teens

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SEATTLE, Wash. - Washington's top health official says she is worried the new marijuana law could make teen smoking prevention efforts more difficult.

High school students who participated in a statewide survey say they are twice as likely to smoke marijuana as cigarettes.

Health Secretary Mary Selecky says she is worried that marijuana prevention efforts are not ready to ramp up in response to the new state law.
    
"As the perception of harm goes down, use goes up," she says.
    
According to the survey, over half of 10th graders said it is easy to get marijuana. About 19 percent said they smoked marijuana within the last 30 days. About 27 percent of 12th graders said they smoked marijuana.
    
More than 200,000 kids took the voluntary and anonymous survey in October.

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