Monitoring the Future

  1. April 20, 2017

    First-time marijuana use in college at highest level in three decades

    Levels of first-time marijuana use in college have increased sharply in the past three years to the highest levels recorded in the past three decades, U-M researchers have found.

  2. February 14, 2017

    High-intensity drinking rates highest among college students

    A recent Institute for Social Research study has found that high-intensity drinking — 10 or more drinks on a single occasion — is reported mostly among college students.

  3. December 13, 2016

    Vaping, hookah use by U.S. teens declines for first time

    A new study finds that the percentage of U.S. teens who vape declined in 2016 — the first significant reversal of a rapid rise in adolescent vaping.

  4. December 13, 2016

    Teen use of illicit drugs besides marijuana at new low; same for alcohol

    Teenagers’ use of drugs, alcohol and tobacco declined significantly in 2016 at rates that are at their lowest since the 1990s, a new national study by U-M shows.

  5. September 8, 2016

    Marijuana use rising among college students; narcotic use down

    College student marijuana use continues its nearly decade-long increase, according to the Monitoring the Future study by researchers at the Institute for Social Research.

  6. December 16, 2015

    Teen use of ecstasy, heroin, synthetic marijuana, alcohol declines

    The results from the latest national survey in the Monitoring the Future series on use of licit and illicit drugs by American teenagers show that some important improvements are taking place.

  7. December 16, 2015

    Teen cigarette smoking drops to historic low in 2015

    Cigarette smoking among teens in grades eight, 10 and 12 continued a decades-long decline in 2015 and reached the lowest levels recorded since annual tracking began 41 years ago. The percentage of students saying that they smoked at all in the prior 30 days fell for the three grades combined from 8 percent to 7…
  8. December 16, 2015

    Cigarillo use increases estimates of teen smoking rates by half

    The percentage of teens who smoked tobacco in the past 30 days increased by more than half when cigarillos — small cigars or little cigars — are included with regular cigarettes as a form of tobacco use. The finding supports concerns in the public health community that cigarillos are attracting new youth to tobacco use.…
  9. December 16, 2015

    Most youth use e­-cigarettes for novelty, flavors — not to quit smoking

    In 2015, more than half of all students in eighth, 10th and 12th grades who used vaporizers such as e-cigarettes report that a primary reason for use was curiosity to see what they were like. About 40 percent said that they used them because they tasted good. Far fewer — about 10 percent — said…
  10. September 1, 2015

    Daily marijuana use among college students highest since 1980

    Daily marijuana use among the nation’s college students is on the rise, surpassing daily cigarette smoking for the first time in 2014, a U-M survey shows.