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A survey says 12 to 17-year-olds on Facebook are 5 times more likely to try alcohol, smoking and drugs.

Caroline Ku
Caroline Ku on August 30, 2011.

Teens who use social networking sites daily are up to five times more likely to smoke tobacco or marijuana or drink alcohol, according to a new study released Wednesday by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University.

The survey of 12-to-17-year-olds found that teens who visit Facebook or Myspace daily (70 percent of those surveyed) are five times more likely to use tobacco, three times likelier to use alcohol, and twice as likely to use marijuana compared to those who don’t visit the sites on a typical day. Jason Koebler/Business Insider.

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