California is poised to become only the second state in an increasingly anti-tobacco nation to raise the smoking age from 18 to 21. The measure has already passed the state assembly; all that’s left is for the bill to be signed into law by the governor.
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, you simply can’t have it both ways. Adulthood “begins” at age 18. If young people are allowed to vote, serve in the military (risking the ultimate sacrifice), get “real” jobs, play the lottery, and a myriad other perks and responsibilities that come along with being a ‘grown-up,’ it doesn’t make sense to strip them of the right to light up.
I sincerely hope this hypocrisy will be confined to the misguided lawmaking of California and Hawaii, and does not spread to the rest of the country.