13.4 million people in France have tried cannabis, according to a report released on Wednesday by two public health bodies (INPES and OFDT). The study asked more than 27,000 people about their drug habits.
In the 18 to 64 age group, one in three people have tried cannabis. Young people have the highest usage, with almost one in five boys and one in ten girls using the drug in the last month.
Cocaine use has seen a “significant increase” according to the report with 3.8% of those aged 18-64 using the drug in 2010, versus 2.6% in 2005 and just 0.8% in 1992. Again, young people are the biggest users.
Cigarettes seem to be the hardest habit for the French to kick.
Despite the introduction of a smoking ban in 2008, the report found that the proportion of people smoking on a daily basis has gone up over the last five years from 28% to 30%.