At least 24 U.S. states have now introduced legislation seeking to raise the minimum age to use tobacco products to 21. Currently, only Hawaii and California have such laws on the books. Five states have already shot down the increased age proposals: Arizona, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, and Utah.
No one wants to see kids smoking. But removing this basic right from adults eligible to vote, fight for the country overseas, and other rights and privileges remains an awkward and poorly thought out stance.