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Should the legal smoking age be raised to 21?

Posted by on Apr. 23, 2013 at 10:44 AM
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Why Kids Should Be Able to Buy Cigarettes When They're 18

posted by Jeanne Sager 


cigarettesPoliticians are proposing a new way to keep smokes out of the hands of kids. A measure in New York City would make the sale of cigarettes to anyone under 21 a crime -- the toughest law in any major American city. Considering no parent wants to see their kid puffing away, this should be a no-brainer, right?

Wrong! The proposed tobacco law sounds great on the surface, but there's one major problem parents have to face.  

Kids don't wait until they can buy cigarettes to smoke them. In fact, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services, 90 percent of smokers had their first cigarette before age 18.

So much for legislating our kids away from the cancer sticks, huh?

Under the NY proposal, there wouldn't be a law against possession -- just sales -- so the idea of pushing the cigarette age to 21 is to cut access, thereby reducing the will to smoke.

Only we have proof that it doesn't work. Kids are already smoking well before the age of purchase. Which proves that the real problem comes before kids hit 18 and are able to buy. The real problem comes when we still have control over our kids.

We shouldn't be holding out hope that a law can keep our adult children from making bad choices. That we'd have to infantilize our adults to get them to act in a certain way is a scary sign of the future for America. It's a sign that parents aren't doing their jobs before kids get to adulthood.

It isn't the responsibility of lawmakers to keep our kids in line when they leave our clutches.

It's up to us, parents, to teach our kids that smoking is bad for them, to raise kids who will make good choices once they're legally able to make them.

Do you agree with raising the age to buy tobacco products to 21? Why?

by on Apr. 23, 2013 at 10:44 AM
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Stevensmomma
by on Apr. 23, 2013 at 10:44 AM

yes it should be its so terrible for you !

Mommy4000
by Member on Apr. 23, 2013 at 10:46 AM
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I don't think it matters. If kids want to smoke, they are going to find a way, and most likely, those that smoke, have already become dependent on cigarettes by the time they turn 18. I'm not convinced that raising the age will do anything to hinder those trying it, that want to try it.

kmqw229
by Silver Member on Apr. 23, 2013 at 12:07 PM
I think the legal age should be raised
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chrissydan
by Gold Member on Apr. 23, 2013 at 12:26 PM
Eactly this. Its just opening pandoras box

Quoting Mommy4000:

I don't think it matters. If kids want to smoke, they are going to find a way, and most likely, those that smoke, have already become dependent on cigarettes by the time they turn 18. I'm not convinced that raising the age will do anything to hinder those trying it, that want to try it.

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Hi_Rae
by Bronze Member on Apr. 23, 2013 at 12:37 PM
I agree with this. Changing the legal age isnt going to do anything, if kids want them they will find away to get them.


Quoting Mommy4000:

I don't think it matters. If kids want to smoke, they are going to find a way, and most likely, those that smoke, have already become dependent on cigarettes by the time they turn 18. I'm not convinced that raising the age will do anything to hinder those trying it, that want to try it.


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liveforever
by Gold Member on Apr. 23, 2013 at 12:52 PM
I don't think it would matter much. Kids under 18 smoke as it is. If they want it, they'll find a way to get it.
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GypsiSky
by Silver Member on Apr. 23, 2013 at 1:07 PM

Agree!

Quoting Stevensmomma:

yes it should be its so terrible for you !


SarahSuzyQ
by Silver Member on Apr. 23, 2013 at 2:54 PM
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I think this is ridiculous. It's already super easy for kids to get cigarettes and alcohol, and this isn't going to resolve anything. I'd imagine the funds would be better spent on prevention than enforcing a new "tough" law.

Hottmomma607
by Silver Member on Apr. 23, 2013 at 3:03 PM
They have 18yo fighting in wars what's the difference?
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sara_7106
by Bronze Member on Apr. 23, 2013 at 3:04 PM
I think it's awful for you and no one should smoke but I also think raising the age won't do much
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