It’s organic so get off me , gramma!
Age to drink and smoke 21. Age to go over seas and die as a soldier 17. That's all I wanted to say
@pawn of life, here in Md., at least for now, even though the federal age is 21 if you have military id you can buy smokes/vapes at 18.
@AJMalone, still the government is not the parents. Let ppl make mistakes.
They bumped up the legal age to 21??? Why??? Are 18 year olds still children that need to be coddled 24/7????? This next generation of kids will never grow up.
@Dimir FTW, less smokers = less cancer. Less cancer = less expenses for the government. It’s basic economics.
Also, Getting angry that they’re making it harder to smoke cigarettes is one of the weirdest soapboxes to stand on I’ve ever seen.
@Dimir FTW, based on the news, your last sentence might be true, but not for the right reasons.
@Dimir FTW, if you want to kill yourself there's plenty of cheaper options.
@Dimir FTW, what fuggles said and also 18 year olds are way more likely to sell cigarettes to underage kids (which is where addiction starts) and if it starts that young it's much more damaging. Also cigarettes are a big source of pollution and trash on streets. If it was just themselves people were affecting the government wouldn't care that much but it's because of all the side effects on people around them and society as a whole is their justification
@Dimir FTW, y’all I could care less about the cigarette law. It’s about treating 18 year olds as if they are still children. 3 years is a short span to grow up. If they can’t grow up In 18 years how do expect them to grow up in 3?
@Fuggles, I'm pretty upset about it. Adult Americans have the right to decide what they do with their money and their bodies, bottom line. Nobody between 18 and 21 in this country or any younger moving forward had gone without years of warning and preaching on the dangers, they're plenty well informed. Is smoking bad? Yep. Is relentless and ever-growing legislature restricting people's ability to make their own decisions, simply as response to the years nonsense, also a problem? Yeah.
@KushAndAnarchy, but as jouze said smoking doesn’t just affect the person that’s smoking. Not only is it a big contributor to trash and to causing cancer (which increases insurance premiums), but also there’s the second hand smoke effect, which I’ve heard is worse than what many people assume. From what I’ve heard the particulates from the smoke sink into materials such as walls, car seats, and clothes, and are released slowly over time. Meaning if you have a kid in a car you recently smoked in, you’re subjecting them to second hand smoke, albeit on a smaller scale. Same for if you work in close quarters with someone who smokes as it will come off their clothes.
@Fuggles, unless you’re a waitress in a currently nonexistent smoky bar breathing 8 packs a day the chance that “second hand smoke” is going to give you cancer is minuscule. And get this, two CIGARS a day have no effect on your chance of getting cancer, per the CDC....so look at the money flowing to the government from the tobacco settlement, not the junk science.
It’s just another money grab
@Fuggles, we can keep everyone perfectly safe and mandate everything that they are and are not allowed to do. It’ll save the government a ton in finances. And there is zero personal responsibility. Sounds like a great progressive utopia...
@Fuggles, man, I just read all these comments. People are really out there super messed up about having to wait 3 years to destroy their lungs. Lol
@Fuggles, what’s annoying is that nicotine addiction is treated as a bad habit and not as an honest to god addiction. Addiction is treated by treating the underlying causes of addiction. Removing cigarettes from people doesn’t do shjt to help them quit. It alienates people who have a legitimate addiction, it rouses people who don’t suffer from nicotine addiction to smugly say “good riddance,” and the argument continues with non smokers complaining how hard it is to be a non smoker while there are people killing themselves because they can’t quit something akin to heroin in addictiveness.
If you’re not afraid of losing the freedom of buying cigs (which are already taxed heavily in a manner that only hurts addicts), consider yourself lucky that you’re not an addict. Do not shame those who are then wonder why they defend their right to choose right away.
@orion55, yes, cigarettes are an addiction which is why the government is trying to discourage people from starting them in the first place. They aren’t making them illegal across the board, just making it so people are older (and hopefully smarter) when they can start using them. You aren’t born an addict, it’s something you become, and given how damning of an addiction nicotine is it makes sense that the government is trying their hardest to stop people from starting it
@Fuggles, actually tobacco companies pay the government for every death caused by smoking. State governments make major bankroll off of this. There's a reason they'd rather you smoke than vape. (this is just in reply to your first comment. and I don't disagree with you. just pointing out facts.)
@KushAndAnarchy, to be fair, your not a fully formed adult until your around 25 when your prefrontal cortex develops completely (21 years old for women), which is like the main function for what we call "maturity", it's why young men are perfect for war. A lot of them have trouble thinking of there future self. (which was important for most war time in any human societys in the past tbh)
@Fuggles, they should also outlaw drinking
@Fuggles, the government is profiting off of those addictions by raising the pricing which helps the government while hurting the person who is addicted.
Tobacco products should all be outlawed and replaced with weed
@Landrover, HERESY!! tobacco products should be SPLICED with weed!
I prefer the greener alternative
We have come film circle
And thus the cycle continues.