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Study: Americans Say Sugar is More Harmful than Cannabis

A pile of sugar cubes demonstrate that sugar is more dangerous than marijuana.


Study: Americans Say Sugar is More Harmful than Cannabis

According to a poll run by NBC News and the Wall Street Journal, Americans believe that sugar, along with alcohol and tobacco, is more harmful to a person’s health than cannabis. The poll asked 1,000 adults of different party affiliations and backgrounds which substance they found to be the most harmful out of the substances listed above.

The poll found tobacco (49 percent) to be the most harmful, followed by alcohol (24 percent), then sugar (15 percent), and coming in last, marijuana (8 percent). Only 3 percent of those polled said all of the above and 1 percent was unsure.

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Interestingly, it should be noted that the poll also found Americans have noticed more news coverage of “some states now allowing adults to purchase small amounts of marijuana for personal use” than Russia sending troops into Ukraine, the overturning of same-sex marriage bans, and the implementation of the Affordable Healthcare Act.

This poll shows an upward trend in what Americans think about cannabis use and that the irrational fear of its dangers are finally being disproved. With more people concerned with the ill effects of sugar on the human body than cannabis, it should come as no surprise that another poll performed in January, run by CBS, found a gradual rise in belief that cannabis should be legal, climbing from 27 percent in 1979 to 51 percent in January 2014, the first time in history that the majority of poll takers believe legalization is the way of the future.

The expanding knowledge of the benefits of cannabis for medicinal and recreational purposes are finally making headway in the views of the public. With the amount of coverage states such as Colorado and Washington are receiving in the news, and the $3.5 million tax revenue Colorado reported for January of this year, it will be important to see how states and the federal government will respond.

Let us know below if you think cannabis is safer than alcohol, tobacco and sugar.



  1. dan

    July 12, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    Seen a bit on the Web today {10Jul14} where the sec of health was before Congress and was asked repeatedly if marijuana was less dangerous then heron and all she keep saying was that all illegal drugs are restricted narcotics.

  2. Stephen Hunt

    April 9, 2014 at 2:38 am

    Of course sugar is more DEADLY than marijuana!

    Sugar causes tooth decay, obesity and can cause diabetes!

    While you won’t find medical doctors admitting that sugar causes harm, there is a growing number of research studies that are demonstrating that there is a connection between the amount of sugar we eat and obesity. How many world-wide deaths are attributable to obesity? The number is 17 million deaths a year. No one dies from being obese, though. Being overweight increases the risks for other diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and even some cancers. Sugar has also been shown to directly cause diabetes and heart disease, even in someone with normal weight.

    What are the world-wide deaths from these conditions? Let’s add them up:

    Obesity: 17 million deaths

    Heart disease: 17 million deaths

    Diabetes: 4 million deaths

    Total: 38 million deaths

    Now, some of these figures overlap (some obesity deaths may also be due to heart disease or diabetes), so let’s conservatively cut that number in half and use a number of 15 million deaths every year from sugar-related causes. This means that sugar is most likely responsible for three times the number of deaths that cigarettes are, and, yet, we let our children eat the stuff every day…and marijuana has NEVER caused a single death in all of the recorded history of mankind!!! NEVER! Not one!

  3. Teresa

    March 22, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    Cannibis is so much safer than alcohol* And even more Truer when Driving your vision or reflex are not effected in the same way as Alcohol, you can smoke as much Cannabis as you like and the most it’s going to do to you is make you eat crazy or pass you smooth out, Alcohol you can die on if you consume to much, it makes you puke, and Look at the Traffic Deaths do to Alcohol*”*

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