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The Smoking Age Should be 18

In Youth Rights on May 4, 2013 by edwinforyouthrights Tagged:

Typed by Edwin Bonilla

Some of the information has been obtained by the blog of Ajax the Great.

The smoking age and the minimum age to buy tobacco products should be 18. If the age of majority in a state or territory is above 18, then young women and young men who are 18 should still be allowed to purchase tobacco products. Unfortunately, the ridiculous idea of using 21 as a minimum age is popular in this country. New York City’s council is considering a bill which would raise the age to buy tobacco products to 21. That’s oppression. Michael Bloomberg supports that bill. Not all tobacco products have bad chemicals. An example of this is smoking tobacco leaves. There is ignorance and age discrimination in the reasons in support of the bad bill.

The percentage of people smoking the United States has been declining over the decades. Advertisement for tobacco products has declined significantly than they were in the 1960s. In school, girls and boys are taught about the negative health effects of cigarettes, cigars and smokeless tobacco. With that information, young women and young men can make informed decisions when it comes to smoking. People who support the age discriminatory bill in New York City are ignoring statistics and information which girls and boys get on smoking. People who support that bill are ageist because they assume that young women and young men are unable to make an informed decision or that they don’t know enough about cigarettes.

New York City’s council should not pass a bill which would raise the tobacco purchasing age or smoking age above the age of majority.

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