I fully support raising the legal age to purchase cigarettes to 21, right along with alcohol. Whether or not teens will continue to be "rebellious" and try to consume these harmful substances illegally is less of a concern than the ability of adults to fully prosecute, penalize, fine and in all other ways hold accountable the Big Tobacco companies, convenience store clerks, BFFs, negligent parents and others who enable these vulnerable young people to become addicted to harmful substances long before they have the necessary confidence, independence and developmental comprehension to choose against taking a first puff or first drink.
Yes, I agree that the smoking age should be raised to 21, because it is more addicting and harmful than alcohol, which has an age limit of 21. If alcohol can have that limit because it is dangerous and can get people into trouble, it should be the same for cigarettes. A lot of the time, people say a 21-year old age limit is best, because a person is not fully mature until their early 20s. So, wouldn't it be wiser to have the smoking age raised to 21, so young adults can make wiser decisions? I think raising the age limit could decrease smoking rates.
Individuals are not competent enough at any age to make their own decisions. We need local, state, and federal government to step in and tell us what is right and what is wrong. That will fix all of our problems. We need to take parenting and personal responsibility out of the equation. Those are such outdated and irrelevant concepts now of days.
The smoking age should be raised to 21 because many people at the age of 18 are still in high school. Everyone knows that tobacco is not allowed on school property, however, when you have immature 18 year olds who are technically "allowed" to smoke, then they will push the boundaries and bring it to school. This will in turn get them in a lot of trouble. When in high school teenagers try to fit in and be "cool" like the seniors. If the seniors happen to smoke because of age, then that is their decision, however, introducing it at such a young age to underclassmen no longer is just affecting them selves. Smoking affects the people around you due to second hand smoke.
A substance as addictive and harmful as tobacco will be used and abused by youth, but by raising the age to 21, the perception of harm and cultural norm is shifted, bringing the dangers to the public eye, and decreasing youth use through easier enforcement (same legal age to purchase and use alcohol, and getting tobacco out of High Schools and Junior Highs, since no one will be of legal age to posess or use tobacco).
By raising the legal age to purchase tobacco to the same age as alcohol we reduce teen access to easy purchases. Every high school has an 18 year old who can buy cigarettes for under age students, but few have 21 year olds. We can then tie tobacco and alcohol retail licenses together increasing the risk for a retailer who allows someone under age to purchase these products. Better compliance and reduced access.
Many teenagers start smoking between the ages of 14-18. However, many obtain cigarettes from older teenagers who can legally purchase them. Too many smoking adults suffer from debilitating chronic diseases. Moreover, the cost of providing care to patients with smoking related diseases is too high for tax payers who are already struggling in this weak economic environment. Raising the smoking age will help protect our children from picking up this health devastating habit. Prevention is the best cure.
The purchase age should be raised to 18-20 before 21. In years for public possession and purchase of cigarettes and tobacco should be 21 in Ireland and us and uk and should be banned in almost any indoor places in nursing homes, prisons, hotel rooms, apartments, city homes. Railway stations, parks, beaches, indoor car parks, parades, outdoor sports grounds and places. Unenclosed outdoor areas of pubs and cafes , restaurants.
Smoking cause dangerous diseases like cancer or cardiovascular diseases and you may die, so the more they raise the age of smoking to 21 the better it was.
In addition, by smoking you will increase the amount of carbon dioxide and that will cause Global worming.
By the way, I am not a native and English is not my mother language , and I am 17 years old.
The intended consequences of raising the smoking age to 21 would be to decrease the number of smokers in America. The thought on this is that a person is less likely to take up smoking at the age of 21 than they would be when they are a teenager. Older people usually have better judgement than the younger people they encounter. Also, it is obvious that 18 year olds in high school who do smoke are more likely to disseminate cigarettes to their younger high school friends, whereas 21 year olds do not attend high school, and therefore are less likely to do the same. The other intended purpose would be to increase the number of people with lungs that are not blackened by cigarette smoke.
People at the age of 18 buy tobacco but also give it to kids at the age of 15 and up. This can allow lung cancer to them at an early age. Plus it gives us secondhand smoke which is worse. People these days are just not thinking right. We need to change this habit of life and refresh and start back perfect.
Kids are 18 while still in high school giving their friends easy access to tobacco products. If we raise the age then teens will have less access. It does not mean you aren't an adult at 18. At this point in time you cannot choose to drink as an adult until 21 and no one is protesting that. It is just something to get used to.
Smoking is a bad habit because every time people do it they get a bad smell in their hair, mouth and clothes. Cigarettes can give smokers mouth cancer and lung cancer. As a result, you will die, as simple as that. Also, cigarettes make you spend money and there is not a single benefit from smoking. Cigarettes are stupid, you waste time and money, you smell horrible, and the most important thing, you can die from smoking.
Smoking is dangerous for your health. Just like alcohol. Nicotine is an addictive substance, just like alcohol. The only thing smoking does not cause--is drunkenness and accidents. That is the only plus, since smoking ruins the lungs. People at age 50 and even younger die of lung cancer. I have a son that smoked. He had other health problems besides losing weight, from smoking. Now, he is a healthy, hefty boy, and is glad, like us, that he kicked the habit!
It is very disgusting and people need to learn what it does to your body. There are a lot of negative affects to your own body as well as the bodies of the people who are around you when you are smoking. Second-hand smoke is more dangerous than first-hand smoke.
If you have to wait longer to buy them, then that means you have to wait longer to smoke them, which will help you live longer. Also if you start smoking sooner, there is a higher chance to get cancer. Lastly, smoking harms those around you. My mom smoked all the time when I was young, and now she is sick from it. SMOKING IS BAD!!!
I decided last spring that I wanted to start smoking. I was 31 years old at the time, and a single mom raising two boys. I have always been strongly opposed to anyone smoking as a teenager, and would never have done so myself when I was a teenager. As told my boys very firmly the day I bought my first pack of cigarettes, my choice to buy and smoke them was a choice I was making for myself as an adult, and I would never allow either of them to even touch one. I've never thought it right for anyone younger than 21 to smoke, and my own choice to smoke now as an adult hasn't changed my position.
When someone smokes (or drinks alcohol) they slowly get addicted to it. For some, it's under control. For others, it's hard to control. When someone starts smoking before his or her brain is fully developed (age 21) the addition to smoking and smoking itself becomes part of his or her mentality. That makes it a whole lot harder to stop.
i'm 21 and i wish the law would have been age 21. I started smoking when I was 17 because my older friends did and by 19 I was fully addicted because I was able to buy them. It's a nasty habit and kids do it to be cool, or because their friends are. When you're 21 you're not trying to fit in with a high school crowd, and you don't care what people think. Smoking should be something you decided when you're 21 because it is a hell of a nasty habit, and people don't realize the harm it does until it's too late.
I think smoking is a life changing decision, and it shouldn't be allowed until someone is at least 21 years of age. Deciding to smoke shouldn't be taken lightly and, the older you are, the better you will be able to make decisions. When someone is under 21, they are more likely to make rash decisions.
Smoking is a very bad habit and should be illegal to any age as it is terrible to smoke. However I agree with some of the people who are against it because when you are 18 you should be able to make your own choices and if smoking should be raised to 21 then so should all the rest of the things you are able to do at 18. It wouldn't make sense being able to do adult things but not smoke. Unfortunately I am still going for but if it does get raised I understand that other things should be banned to. Thankyou
Younger kids are doing it and its effecting their learning and the good life that they should fight to get to its spoiling their brain cells instead.The fact that people cell these things to under age is very disgusting. It can also effect the kids living in the house with their parents.
Purchasing alcohol requires you be 21 because we know that it has harmful effects. Research has shown that the part of the brain that is in charge of decision making and risk management is not fully developed until you are in your mid 20's. Simply put, you're not smart enough o decide if you should smoke until your in your 20's.
Smoking is bad for your system and can cause cancer in your lungs, mouth, etc. If you start smoking when you are younger then you will most likely get addicted. If you get addicted, then the nicotine will be built up in you body (trachea, esophagus, etc.). If this continues to be built up, then you will die. End of Story.
I do not do drugs, but do know that Cigarettes kill more than all other drugs aside from alcohol.
Cigarettes have been proven to kill, cause cancer, destroy lungs, destroy peoples social and private lives. It also adds to the Carbon Dioxide in our atmosphere. I think it should be made illegal altogether,
The impact of decreased smoking among adolescents can improve academic performance,thus extending the years in school; open up vocational options since some employers do not hire smokers,improve general health and health of those around the adolescent, reduce health care costs including dental costs, decrease MVA accidents,decrease house fires, decrease litter.
If we are willing to comply with the minimum age for drinking, then why can't we set the same age for smoking? And in my opinion, smoking has a much more harmful effect than drinking! So of course the legal age to smoke should be moved up to 21 years.
When a teenager turns 18 the first thing they would like to do is buy cigarettes. Making them start smoking at a young age, they are barely getting into adulthood. They still need time to mature and think about starting to smoke or not. This decision will affect there life in the future.
An increase in the age of sale will make it more difficult for high school aged youth to buy tobacco products. Younger siblings and friends often get tobacco products from young people in their late teens. Delayed smoking onset and less exposure to cigarette and cigar smoke as well as less nicotine addiction. In turn, reduced smoking saves lives and millions of health care dollars. Increasing the age at which one can purchase tobacco products to 21 could also serve to facilitate compliance enforcement, further deterring tobacco use.
Tobacco still remains the number one most preventable cause of death in the US. Youth and young adults that put off trying smoking are more likely to avoid addiction to tobacco. According to American Heart Association: "Cigarette smoking is the most important risk factor for young men and women. It produces a greater relative risk in persons under age 50 than in those over 50."
Most people under the age of 21 is still in highschool and that is way to young to smart smoking. There would be to many types of drugs going around school. This could cause to much drama around the schools they attend. Raising the age would settle many problems going on in most school with this problem today.
Smoking at a young age can mess around your health, and when your a child or a teen it can mess with your hormones... Smoking also takes away oxygen from your body. Sadly some/ most smokers start around when they were teens. Smoke as a teen and you'll get bad breath and yellow teeth in no time. Oh, and don't forget the number one death from smoking! Lung Cancer! Of course, smoking can make you die at a very young age.
Smoking is responsible for several diseases, such as cancer, long-term (chronic) respiratory diseases, and heart disease, as well as premature death. Over 440,000 people in the USA and 100,000 in the UK die because of smoking each year. According the US CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), $92 billion are lost each year from lost productivity resulting from smoking-related deaths. You will be much more mature at age 21 and know whats going on and what to do.
I would favor no one smoking! However if they must, at least delay the legal age so that there is no longer an abundance of children starting to smoking at the ages of 12, 13, 14, 15, etc. This way those who start would more likely be adults making conscious responsible decisions instead of naive and susceptible children. Tobacco kills far more than alcohol, why should the legal age be less than alcohol?
Most smokers start very young when they are more likely to make poor decisions. They are able to do this because their high school buddies supply them. The tobacco corporations know this and market heavily towards youth. Increase the age to allow people to make a rational decision when they are of legal age and their brain had completely developed.
Tobacco kills far more people than alcohol and is grossly more addictive. In fact more recovering alcoholics and drug addicts die of tobacco related disease rather than their "drug of choice." Furthermore, 90% of all smokers start before the age of 18 largely because they can find older friends to supply them with cigarettes. Increasing the legal age to purchase tobacco would result in less teen smokers and enable those who do choose to smoke to do so when their brain has completely developed, hence making more rational decisions. This would reduce the tobacco related death rate.
I want to raise the age of smoking to 21 all over the nation. Some people think that turning the age to 21 is not going to change much of the smokers at all. It is just to make sure that at an early age people don’t get addicted. It may just prevent some drug dealers getting kids to buy drugs.
Because people need to realize that its between the ages of 14-20 that most people start smoking. It is not healthy, and it needs to be stopped. Smoking can cause lung cancer which is a serious disease and if people can at least try to prevent this disease's statistics from going even higher than they are now then that is a good thing. If it does not work then at least you know you tried.
Tobacco products shouldnt be allowed for anyone under 21. Tobacco products in my opinion shouldnt even be used. It shortens your life and causes negative health effects. People who are addicted are struggling with trying to stop and theres no positive effects from it. To try and be as healthy as you can you should not use tobacco products.
The age limit should be moved to 21 because having the limit at 18 is just stupid because your going to college and getting addicted right out of high-school might not have positive effects during you college experience. In general smoking is just plain stupid and should be banned for 18 year olds.
I think that the smoking age should be raised to 21 because smoking can cause problems such as lung cancer and copd. Smoking also leads to secondhand exposure, which odds harmful to young people. I also think it should be raised because if you have to be 21 to purchase cigarettes then they will be harder to get by younger people.
The smoking age should be raised to 21 because at 18 more kids are deciding to smoke which means that they can not live the full expense of their life which is hurtful to family and friends. It is also that at 18-20 kids are more rebellious and can make rash life-changing decisions such as smoking. Once they get to 21 they mature into adults they can make better decisions about this. It also decreases life expectancy which means that they can not live the full experiences of life.
By leaving the smoking age lower, kids will see a smaller number of their friends begin to smoke, and will be able to decide for themselves whether they want to or not, rather than feeling like they should smoke just to be rebellious.
I dislike the smoking habit, I'd never personally do it. But once you're 18, you are indeed an adult and can choose for yourself whether you want to do such a thing. Taking away this ability will only make people want to do it more at a young age, so why bother?
Us smokers know the risks associated with smoking. We choose to ignore these because we are adults and enjoy it. By raising the age to 21 you are only stripping away basic freedoms from young adults. The definition of adult should be changed to 21 as well as joining the army.
Age is no matter, teens will always have a way to get cigarettes regardless of age. Kids smoke because they try to fit in with many other teens. Once they continue to do it, they begin to do it because they enjoy it. Fitting in no longer becomes the issue. Smoking is a choice; if a kid wants to smoke it's his own decision. Raising the age will only infuriate kids and cause them to rebel and find even more ways to get the tobacco they love.
There is no reason to treat an adult like he or she cannot make his or her own decisions. The drinking age should be lowered to 18.
Also consider Colorado and Washington in all this. Smoke *what*? The question is ambiguous when we're in an era where we are beginning to legalize other smoking materials.
Why should smoking be changed to age 21 when all its going to do is have more underage smoking? Why not actually move the smoking age down to 16? All these teens these days are smoking underage due to peer pressure and stress. So why not change it to 16 instead of 21? That's the real question.
Upon becoming a legal adult, you become responsible for your own life. You can live on your own, support yourself, join the military and vote for the freaking president. At this age, you're old enough to make your own decisions. I'm not a smoker, I just believe in my constitutional freedoms and think that an adult should be able to make adult decisions
No I do not think that the age should be raised to the age of 21. The reason why I think that is because there are more serious issues that need to be looked at. When you're 17 you can be tried as an adult and you can enlist in the army. Smoking is a personal lifestyle and as long as it affects only the smoker it shouldn't be considered an issue. Who is the government to tell people that they can smoke at this certain age? And even though the drinking age is 21, how many people get arrested for underage drinking or how many people perish from drunk driving ? If that's the case shouldn't we just ban liquor all together? These are the same questions to think about when considering people who smoke. The age is not going to create anything but more of a media playground because then you will have underage people buying cigarettes.
Personally, I don't think smoking is a good habit to have and am not interested in it. However, at the age of 18, you are legally an adult and should therefore be allowed to make decisions like an adult. It should be your choice whether or not you smoke.
Smoking is a personal choice, if someone wants to smoke at 18 they should be able to. Joining the army is a personal choice where you can join at 17. If you can serve your country with the possibility of dying you should have the choice to smoke as well at the same age. Sure cancer and a battle are different ways to die but death is death.
No, because kids who see the law as something to break as most teenagers do will take advantage of the law and will begin smoking more to rebel. 18 is an age where your life can be in your hands and I think if they want to smoke they can go for it. Plus its their choice to decide whether or not they want to put themselves at risk. Just like the signs say at the beach for people to swim at their own risk and raising the smoking age I believe will have similar repercussions as prohibition for the range of people from 18-20 who could smoke and then got the ability taken away from them
At 18 you can get your limbs ripped off or die for your county but can't have a cigarette? I think there is something wring with that. At 18 you're an adult and can make your own decisions. We need to worry about more important things then people smoking. I think everyone smoking knows the harm. If they still want to do it, let them!
At the age 18, you're already an adult and you're able to choose to do what you want to do like get a tattoo, or start smoking. There are warnings all over about how terrible smoking is, still people over 18 or even 40 still smoke. No matter what age limit everyone will find a way to smoke. Either have someone buy a pack for you or steal from someone walking on the streets. Changing the age limit won't stop anything it'll just make kids want them more.
As the headline says, you've finally become an adult and still people will say what you may and may not buy. You're responsible for your own life as an adult. Also, I'm a smoker myself and if they are going to raise the age limit to legally buy cigarettes, it would make for quite the protest.
I think its wrong because its peoples choice if they want to smoke or not. Smoking causes bad illnesses such as lung disease and cancer but its already been raised to 18 and in my opinion drinking alcohol is just as bad because it causes liver disease. I don't think its right for the smoking age to go up to 21 because they may as well just ban the cigarettes altogether in my opinion.
Lastly all I can say is that 18 is the right age for the bad because you are an adult and you can your own choices but 21 is just a bit too far.
It should not be raised to 21. If anything, it should go back down to 16. If raised, it could tempt more kids into trying a cigarette. Then they will get addicted and they might choose to rebel, thus causing more problems in their lives. If addicted kids can buy their own cigarettes,they may be able to quit earlier and not pick it up again, where one who starts older than 21 may be more likely "hooked".
18 is old enough to be drafted, go to war, vote, get married, get a tattoo, have a baby, work, pay taxes, get a credit card... But 18 is not old enough to make their health choices??? Really? I am far from 18, but where do we draw the line???
There is no need to raise the age of smoking to 21. Kids and young adults will always find a way to buy tobacco products. Raising the age will only stop a few number of young people from smoking. If the age were to be raised, present day smokers between the age of 18 and 20 will have lost their right to smoke. Many of them have probably been smoking for a while and are most likely addicted anyway so they aren't going to stop just cause the age was raised. You are also limiting the right of the people. If you don't want to smoke then don't!! There are some that enjoy it and find it calming. There is no real reason to raise the age to 21.
There is no perfectly good reason to raise the age limit. Why raise the age limit when the age limit now is totally fine. If you raise the age limit on smoking it's only going to make things worse. As my grandfather says "if it's not broken don't fix it"
Regardless of whether or not someone is old enough to purchase cigarettes does not mean they can't smoke them. It's really simple to have someone else of age buy them for you and not get caught. If no one is in the store or parking lot with you, there would be no proof. Therefore, young people under 21 are still going to be able to smoke and get away with it. People that are under 18 have been getting away with it this entire time, so there will be no difference.
No point because even now teens that aren't 18 still smoke so changing the age of when to be legalized to smoke for teens would make no difference. Teens would simply ignore the law and keep on smoking. Teens may not be able to buy the product but they can get around some how and end up with cigars.
I think that teens who turn 18 should be able to smoke if they want. If they are old enough to be enlisted into the army, then they should be able to smoke. Taking away this privilege is taking away part of their new adulthood. If they want to hurt themselves by smoking, it's their fault. Let them do what they want. If it is raised to 21, they will still do it since teens drink regardless of what the law says. They will want to feel rebellious and smoke at a younger age than what the state says anyway.
Taking away smoking at 18 would be insanely ignorant. Us teens smoke at any age. We will find a way to receive the products. If they raise this, it will put more people in jail and the government will have to take more of the tax payers money. If you can fight for the country, buy porn,match R rated movies, and go to prison. You should be aloud to smoke a gosh darn cigarette.
If you can go and risk your life fighting for your country you should be able to make the decision to smoke or not. It should stay 18 because it's not like it would stop them from smoking anyway. People aren't stupid they can make their own choices in life
What about us "adults" being 18 years of age that picked up smoking? Dose this mean we magically have to quit for 3 years? Also if this and attempt to make it where it is harder for kids under 18 or if the law is changed 21. They are still going to get them like they did when the age was 18. This is just one mans opinion but hey when has that ever mattered to the government?
Yes smoking is not the best choice that we as humans can make, but as a member of a so called "free society" it should be our choice to make. If we are to trick ourselves into the belief that there is one perfect age that the human brain matures enough to make adult choices then we as a society should be given the chance to vote as a collective on that age. Then once that magical age is decided it should be then apply to all age regulations-drinking, smoking, driving, going to war, owning a firearm ( of any kind ) signing legal documents, acquiring debt, imprisonment exec.
As to the argument that smoking is such a concern of public health automobiles cause more deaths then smoking, drinking and guns combined (unless you count wars) but no one is up in arms over that because everyone uses them. As for the person that stated that tobacco is far more dangerous the alcohol I beg of you to watch someone go thru alcohol withdrawal. Nobody dies from quitting smoking.
All I am saying is it really more government regulations in our lives? Our so allied elected officials always seem to have our best interest in mind when they pass new silly laws. This is the same government that makes more money off of a pack of cigarettes then the tobacco companies. The same government (N.Y., N.Y.) that made making buying a soda over 16oz illegal but would gladly sell you two at the same time and tax you on both. People are going to make bad choices they always will and no amount of government regulation will ever change that. ( see "the war on drugs" or probation ) it is our job as a society to try and coach our youth to make the best decisions that they can, but more rules and regulations, really?
Yes smoking is not the best choice that we as humans can make, but as a member of a so called "free society" it should be our choice to make. If we are to trick ourselves into the belief that there is one perfect age that the human brain matures enough to make adult choices then we as a society should be given the chance to vote as a collective on that age. Then once that magical age is decided it should then apply to all age regulations-drinking, smoking, driving, going to war, owning a firearm (of any kind) signing legal documents, acquiring debt, imprisonment, etc.
As to the argument that smoking is such a concern of public health automobiles cause more deaths then smoking, drinking and guns combined (unless you count wars) but no one is up in arms over that because everyone uses them. As for the person that stated that tobacco is far more dangerous the alcohol I beg of you to watch someone go through alcohol withdrawal. Nobody dies from quitting smoking.
All I am saying is do we really want more government regulations in our lives? Our so allied elected officials always seem to have our best interest in mind when they pass new silly laws. This is the same government that makes more money off of a pack of cigarettes then the tobacco companies. The same government (N.Y., N.Y.) that made making buying a soda over 16oz illegal but would gladly sell you two at the same time and tax you on both. People are going to make bad choices, they always will, and no amount of government regulation will ever change that. ( See "the war on drugs" or prohibition.) It is our job as a society to try and coach our youth to make the best decisions that they can, but more rules and regulations, really?
If you can fight for your country why can't you enjoy tobacco it encourages kids to steal or brake law just let them have that right it only hurts them. Teachers are old enough there's no problem with them everything in the world has a bad side some are worse but you can get cancer from pollution no one tells you not to drive
Drinking age: 21
Proposed smoking age: 21
Age for legally grabbing a gun and fighting to the death against other people (military): 18
Do you see a problem? Do you spot a double standard? It should be pretty obvious. If a person has the trust and responsibility instilled in him by the government to fight for them and possibly die for them, I find it ridiculous and illogical to deny them the trust and responsibility of drinking or smoking. I propose an answer to these double standards without allowing high school students the ability to smoke: adjust the age for smoking, drinking, and joining the military to the same age. I think the perfect age for this is 19. If you are 19, chances are that you have graduated high school or are just about to. This means that seniors in high school cannot buy cigarettes for younger students, discouraging smoking among teens.
I say that the states should not raise the age of smoking because why worry about that when you have other things to worry about in the state. I am in high school and as a student you can see that people that want to smoke will find ways to buy or get the tobacco from. Students under the age now still smoke so what will raising the age matter? It would not make a difference to raise the age.
Raising the age to 21 would not make a large difference at all. As a high school student, I have seen that no matter what the age to buy tobacco is, people can find a way to obtain it. This has been observed by many, but also by myself. To be honest if I wanted to buy tobacco products, I could not only obtain them, but I could obtain them in the bathroom of my High School. We understand that it will affect younger peoples health, however most high school students who do use tobacco do not care. I'm not one of these students, however most of these students which I have observed obviously do not care at all about his or her health.
There are always other ways for teens to get cigarrettes. Stopping teens from buying cigarrettes from shops itsn't foolproof, they can always ask an adult to buy it for them. I have friends who smoke and drink alcohol when they are below the legal age to do those activites, their parents allow them while some even encourage them. How can we stop people from smoking when there are people who allow and encourage it. It is always up the guardians of the young educate them about the dangers of smoking, that too won't change the fact that in the end its up to the individual whether they wan't to smoke or not. I myself don't smoke but come on, you can't stop people from smoking when countries allow people to smoke.
At 18, kids can buy porn, lottery, watch rated R movies, and so much more. At 18, you are considered an adult. They start getting their own places, paying bills, and much more. So why change the smoking age? The only thing you can not do at 18 is buy alcohol and rent a rental car. All that will happen by changing the smoking age is putting more people in jail, because kids will still smoke, and the jail is already over full.
People with a desire to buy drugs/cigs/alcohol at a young age will always find a way to receive them.... By raising the age.. It will not stop people from trying and succeeding in getting them.. Although it may make it harder as the age limit is raised 48 49 50
I don't understand why people care so much what others do. Why don't they worry about themselves and not what someone else is doing. I think that if you are an adult that you are just that. You make your own choices and have to live with them. Worry about yourself more and others less.
If I can vote and serve my country I don't think it's right to do this. Most people start smoking under the age of 18 anyway. 18 years of age is a good enough age to make your own decisions especially if you are allowed to vote and serve your country. Think of how silly that sounds? By the way people under 18 or 19 can smoke tobacco but cant purchase it? That's so stupid
Like many people have stated before, at eighteen years of age, us citizens are considered adults. Teenagers can fight wars, choose who is put in office, and are able to go to prison,yet they are not legally allowed to smoke if they choose. I personally don't smoke, but is someone chooses to proceed with the habit, he or she should be allowed to go through with it.
Think if how harsh that change would be for people smoking right now between the ages of 18 and 20 who won't be able to smoke any longer. They are not breaking any laws by smoking at this age and it would be rather harsh to just expect them to quit simply because they can't buy them any more. It would cause a lot of problems in the young adult community. Not only that, but studies show that most people start smoking as minors. You can't blame people 18-20 years old for that. There's no evidence to support it. Who's to say minors smoking rates won't go up because of such a change? If the smoking age is raised to 21 than there will be a major rise in tobacco distributing to people under the purchasing age. Not only that, but legal smokers are considered to be adults. In which case they have the ability to make their own decisions in their lives. If this isn't so than why would 18 be the legal "adult" age? If there can't be smokers at the age of 18 because of influence towards minors. Than the age of adulthood should no longer be 18 either. It's a double standard.
I am a non-smoker, who does not support or endorse the ways of smokers, but I feel that at the age of 18, you are plenty old enough to make your own decisions regarding whether or not you are going to smoke. Many smokers begin smoking and obtaining cigarettes illegally before the age of 18 or 21 anyway. If children under the age of 18 or 21 really want to smoke they're going to do it regardless of the laws set by the government. They will always have family members or older friends who can purchase cigarettes for them. Really this new law would just be a waste of time, breath, and money.