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NYC’s Proposed Tobacco Age Sales Hike Won’t Prevent New Smokers

Posted by on April 22, 2013 at 7:38 pm
That's damn near $1 per cigarette!

That’s damn near $1 per cigarette!

This is dumb; the entire argument has no merit. Well, okay, let me back up. If you haven’t heard yet, New York City officials proposed today that the age to buy tobacco products should be raised from 18 to 21. That’s right: the age to buy, not possess or consume, which would still be 18. Their reasoning is that 20 is the experimental age when people decide to become smokers, so they’ll be preventing people from starting their habit. Wrong.

I started smoking when I was 18 and I’ve been cigarette free for almost two years now. What got me to smoke in the first place? Here’s a hint: it wasn’t because I turned 18 and was legally allowed to buy/smoke them. Nope, it was hanging out with people, wanting to try one out of curiosity. Being a social smoker got me hooked and I see that happen to people of all ages. This “make it illegal to buy it until you are 21” motion is bullshit. People shouldn’t be told by the government what to do. The age of majority in the US is 18 and I’m not going to get into the details of being able to vote, go to war, etc., but on that note I think the legal age of drinking should be lowered back to 18.

What got me to quit? The price of cigarettes, wanting to quit because I knew it wasn’t healthy and staying away from people when they smoked. New York already has the price, it’s upwards of $15 a pack in parts of town. Most young folks can’t afford that price living on fast food and retail jobs. We need to educate people more and stop trying to make it look cool by banning it. It’s like how people think Cuban cigars are awesome because you shouldn’t have access to them. Also, if you’ve never smoked, awesome, it’s not worth the money and you don’t look cool doing it nowadays. If you want to smoke though, check out cigars and pipes instead.

Source: New York Times

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