California raises smoking age to 21, tightens vaping laws

  • metta

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    May 05, 2016 6:03 AM GMT
    California raises smoking age to 21, tightens vaping laws

    http://www.modbee.com/news/nation-world/national/article75730872.html
  • roadbikeRob

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    May 06, 2016 10:58 PM GMT
    Why does it have to be the legally arbitrary age of 21 when adulthood begins at 18. I understand that smoking is dangerous but a higher age prohibition is bound to fail. You are never going to stop 18-20 year old adults from smoking just like they cannot stop them from drinking.
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    May 06, 2016 10:59 PM GMT
    Should be 51 and they might make it!
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    May 07, 2016 5:13 PM GMT
    roadbikeRob saidWhy does it have to be the legally arbitrary age of 21 when adulthood begins at 18. I understand that smoking is dangerous but a higher age prohibition is bound to fail. You are never going to stop 18-20 year old adults from smoking just like they cannot stop them from drinking.

    Part of the point is to make smoking less accessible and more difficult, in hopes kids won't bother to pursue it. Me, I'd ban the sale of cigarettes, if not all tobacco products, as a public health hazard, but Big Tobacco - you know, the combine that built Duke university - would never allow it. The national policy should be weaning tobacco farmers off growing this deadly crop and onto something more healthy and beneficial. And no, I don't mean "hemp."