[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Last week, Hawaii became the first state in the union to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco to 21. This seems, perhaps, an expected progression. However, Hawaii’s actions may have far-reaching implications as other states are likely to consider doing similarly.[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”5517620b381df”][vc_column_text]Reportedly, several states are considering this push. California’s Senate has already overwhelmingly approved a bill raising the minimum age to 21. It now awaits action by the California Assembly. Should it be passed, the Democrat governor, Jerry Brown, will almost-certainly sign it into law.
Washington and Oregon are considering similar actions and others are sure to follow.
However, while Democrat-controlled state governments might be eager to ban the sale of tobacco to “minors” who are under 21, there will likely be some pushback from those who can offer a simple assessment of the apparent illogical mindset of those advocating such laws:
We are creating a subset of society that is “unequal” to others.
What kind of message would this send to those who are 18, 19, and 20? We ask that males register for the draft. We demand that they pay taxes and are fully accountable for their actions in the eyes of the law. We can send them to fight and die in wars and they can live on their own without any say-so from parents. They can get married, enter into contracts and serve as functioning adults.
But they can’t light-up a Marlboro.
If we extend this liberal “logic” further, we can see other cracks. The same Democrat Party that claims requiring citizens to produce ID to vote is, somehow, racist will likely support requiring stricter ID requirements for those who appear under 21.
The most-alarming aspect of this ridiculousness, however, is the erroneous assumption that these laws will be followed. We see the same flawed “logic” in gun control laws that maintain that laws, alone, will keep people from unwise behaviors.[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”553157113d3ff”][vc_column_text]I’ll admit it: I have an intimate knowledge of the effects of such laws. In high school, I was one of the few that could grow a robust beard and as such, I was entrusted by others on the Lacrosse team with the sacred charge of collecting money and procuring the Swisher Sweet cigars from the local convenience store that, apparently, had lax ID requirements. Was it smart? No. Was it healthy? No. Was it counter-productive to the hundreds-of-hours of training and physical exertion we did? Absolutely. But a dozen guys and I were committed to smoking the nasty, wood-tipped cigars and laws be damned, we found a way.
The simple fact is that while we, as a society, may not wish for young adults to engage in a habit that can cause harmful health effects, it cannot be the function of government to curb such behaviors via legislation.
I thought we went over this in the ‘20’s with prohibition…[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]