Skip to comments.Should the Age to Buy Cigarettes Be 21?
Posted on 01/19/2014 8:20:38 AM PST by rktman
Just as a more permissive attitude to cannabis gains momentum in the United States, so does a more restrictive attitude to tobacco. It is as if there were a law of the conservation of prohibition: if one substance is permitted after having been prohibited, another will be prohibited after having been permitted.
While Colorado permits the use of marijuana by those over 21 for any purpose, New York City prepares to prevent sales of tobacco to anyone under the age of 21. An article in a recent edition of the New England Journal of Medicine comes out strongly in favor of this more restrictive approach to the sale of tobacco. The arguments it uses and those it refutes are instructive.
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Not if you can die for your country at 17.
I miss the smell of a cigar or pipe once in a while but I just don’t miss the smell of cigarettes.
Pick an age. I don’t care what it is. Before that age you are a child. After that age you are an adult. Period.
This parceling out of rights and responsibilities one at a time is ludicrous.
Make it 51 for all the good that it would do. Everyone under 25 is probably switching to pot anyway.
To many age levels here. Age of consent, age to drink, age to join military, age to buy cigs, age to remain covered on parents insurance. I agree. Pick an age an make it THE standard. Kids are confused enough these days.
When I was 18 we could drink and smoke.
It would probably made the maths easier for those C-store clerks who lack advanced degrees if we just made everything “20”. To prove it, just go buy something that costs, say, $15.25 and give them a $20 bill and a quarter to pay for it, thinking you made their change-making life easier...
I guess it comes down to what the objective of restricting sales of tobacco products to minors is, however “minor” is defined.
If the goal is to protect their health, that’s one thing. When does a person grow old enough to take responsibility for damaging their own health?
But if the goal is to protect them from an addictive substance, then shouldn’t equal or greater attention be directed toward “e-cigs” which serve as delivery systems for the active ingredient (nicotine) without the accompanying hazards of inhaling smoke to get it?
Suggest 101 for both cigarettes and weed w/o Rx.
When I was 16 we DID drink and smoke. LOL! Whether or not we “could” didn’t matter much to us. Hell, I remember buying cigs for a quarter in the machines and you got a pack of matches with them at the gas station. (Hmm. Matches/gas station? Maybe not a good mix. LOL)
You have to wonder if the whole idea is to promote a substance that impairs your brain AND pollutes your lungs with smoke-instead of one that just pollutes your lungs. WILL the restrictions against smoking tobacco apply to pot? Why would a plant that affects your mind be acceptable to society and government unless the idea is to encourage the populace to ‘dumb down’?
How will it go over in daily life if a man with a cigarette is told to put it out, while in a public place,and the pot smoker is allowed to toke on? Is pot smoke GOOD and tobacco smoke BAD to breathe? If I complain that I don’t want to smell/breathe pot smoke, will I be obeyed or vilified as backward and discriminatory?
As for age at which you can impair/injure yourself legally with legal substances: whatever the legal age is to vote should apply. You should be responsible for the consequences, whatever they are, and that means legal age.
How about 43 or uh....12?
I say 20 (I like even numbers).
You are an Adult at 18.
Either change the age of majority, or just stop it with the sliding scale Nanny State BS...
Oh, no doubt the tolerant left will call you backward and vilify you should you choose to make your opinions known. Got no doubt about that. And, after watching some of these “man on the street” interview/question videos, are we sure the voting age shouldn’t be raised to 30? LOL! Or at least a civics test before you get your voter card. If you have to even have one.
But wait until smoking makes them ill and they find out Obamacare doesn't cover them because tobacco smoking was warned to be dangerous by the government...
I was talking about legally drinking and smoking. Of course kids did so before they were authorized to. BTW, we had beer vending machines in the barracks in Korea.
Never was so hungover as the day after my 18th birthday. Ah, the good ol’ days...
I have been saying the same thing. Don’t forget 26 for law enforcement and firefighting. We don’t want someone’s child to die in a fire...
That is how I think it should be. Either somebody is an adult or they are not.
Seen them too. We used to buy a case of cigs off shore/underway for $12.50 a case. But we couldn’t have beer on board. Not sayin’ somebody might not have had a bottle of Jim Beam someplace.
18 is even — and seems to be the standard/traditional age of majority in America.
But I wouldn't be opposed to 16 &mdsah; people may say "they're still kids" but let's face it, biologically they're capable of reproduction and capable of making moral, informed decisions. (Yes, they'd still be dealing with hormonal-changes; but like life you don't get to control the sort of day you have.)
The traditional age for Bar/Bat Mitzvah is 13/12, respectively — do there's an easily identifiable social/cultural delimiter between child and adult set at a young age. (
After this age, the boys and girls bear their own responsibility for Jewish ritual law, tradition, and ethics, and are able to participate in all areas of Jewish community life.)
The thing I am leery of though, is an attempt to standardize at a higher age; let's say that 26 for insurance — if we were to consider that the delineation of adult/child, combined with a simplification of pedophilia as "sex with a 'child' (one less than 26)" then we could end up having many, many young couples (even married) being "pedophiles"... which would utterly ruin the word/concept. (As well as allowing for large portions of the population to be "technically guilty" — which the government could use as leverage — say making them "prohibited persons" WRT firearms.)
I agree; the sliding scale can be [and is] abused as is.
Sure. And in that vein, it should expire on the 22nd birthday. No more after that. We've been looking at this the wrong way.
You can get abortions at any age. I don’t see why they have an age limit to buy cigarettes and alcohol.
Me too. I don’t think there should be age limits on anything, except banging little kids. There should be strictly enforced limits there.
Listerene bottles worked great whenever we pulled into Rosie Roads after torpedo and missile tests. Until the doc on the blue crew caught wind of it and told our doc to check mouthwash for traces of cheap rum....
Similar coloring. LOL! Torpedo and missles, not to mention gunnery drills on Vieques. Spent a week one night in the hospital in SJ after an illness at sea. The worst part was, they wouldn’t pull in to port and transferred me to a tug strapped in to a stokes once the tug came along side.
P.S. I was once an American in England. ‘61-’63 as a Navy dependent.
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