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senate Bill S. 1541

Should States Pass Laws Raising the Minimum Age to Buy Tobacco Products to 21 or Lose Grant Funding?

Argument in favor

Due in part to e-cigarettes and vaping devices, teenage use of tobacco products is on the rise. This constitutes a public health crisis and needs to be addressed. Raising the tobacco purchasing age to 21 would keep tobacco products out of high schools and teenagers’ hands. Having states implement this requirement would boost enforcement, since state authorities enforce state laws.

Aaron's Opinion
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08/06/2019
Yes. They should also pass minimum age laws for ALL guns sales.
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Barbara's Opinion
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08/06/2019
As a double lung transplant survivor I can say smoking should be discouraged in as many ways as possible. Protect young people!
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Leslie 's Opinion
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08/07/2019
And while you’re at it how about looking at gun regulations too. Funny that McConnell is bringing this to a vote before any other bills awaiting your attention. I guess donations from big tobacco are not what they used to be. It’s obvious that politics and not common sense is stalling any movement toward gun regulation. Even Antonin Scalia said regulation by the states’ was advisable even as he was writing to trash precedent with the Heller decision. My husband said that it would take a Republican congressman’s child getting shot at one of our almost weekly mass shootings to have anything change. Well what do you know-a congressman’s daughter just missed being injured/killed in Dayton and now Mike Turner wants to ban assault weapons, high count ammunition magazines and military style ammunition. Seriously!!! How stupid are we to accept the status quo? Military style weapons and all their accessories need to be banned. Universal background checks need to be implemented with NO loopholes. Amounts of guns and ammunition that can be owned by any individual need to be limited. Inconvenient? Less inconvenient that watching the shootings and dealing with the aftermath. And our provocateur in Chief needs to be sanctioned and held accountable for his role in the rise in White Nationalism, and hate crimes. Killers from Christchurch to Dayton to El Paso all spouted Trump’s own exact words in their diatribes online. He’s used anti-all others, meaning anyone who isn’t of Northern European descent, speech to divide us for his political advantage. The consequences are plain to see. People are dying. He needs to go. I look forward to watching his trials for all the crimes he’s gotten away with because of the office he holds. It won’t be enough, but it is long overdue.
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Argument opposed

By leaving the implementation of this bill to individual states, rather than passing a federal mandate, this bill leaves room for tobacco companies to lobby at the state level to block Tobacco 21 laws. Rather than passing this bill, it’d be better for Congress to take up alternative legislation that enact a Tobacco 21 law at the federal level.

burrkitty's Opinion
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08/06/2019
Pass a federal law then. Because the way this is written is disingenuous. Do you want all the states to pass it, or do you just want a reason to take funding away? Because to me it looks like you just want a reason to take funding away. If you want all the states to do it then pass a federal law. I’m of the opinion that we should ban tobacco altogether since there is literally nothing good about it. But stopping people from smoking isn’t what this bill is actually about, now is it?
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JTJ's Opinion
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08/06/2019
Do we send children to war, or men? You can’t treat them as children regarding their personal choices, and call them adults when you need them to fight your battles. This is no business of the federal government anyway.
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jimK's Opinion
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08/06/2019
E-cigarettes and vaping devices are NOT tobacco products. If this bill is targeting vaping devices just say so. I hate political doublespeak. If you cannot provide a rationale for legislation that even makes sense, I cannot support it. Secondly, if 18 year olds are old enough to be sent to war and charged as adults for crimes, shouldn’t they also have the right to choose how they live their lives?
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      Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
    IntroducedMay 20th, 2019
    Yes. They should also pass minimum age laws for ALL guns sales.
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    Pass a federal law then. Because the way this is written is disingenuous. Do you want all the states to pass it, or do you just want a reason to take funding away? Because to me it looks like you just want a reason to take funding away. If you want all the states to do it then pass a federal law. I’m of the opinion that we should ban tobacco altogether since there is literally nothing good about it. But stopping people from smoking isn’t what this bill is actually about, now is it?
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    Do we send children to war, or men? You can’t treat them as children regarding their personal choices, and call them adults when you need them to fight your battles. This is no business of the federal government anyway.
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    Instead of forcing states to do this, how about you pass a federal law raising the age that one can buy tobacco to 21? This just sounds like an excuse for Turtle boy to take money away from states after he blew a giant hole in the budget by passing Trump’s tax cuts for the rich!
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    E-cigarettes and vaping devices are NOT tobacco products. If this bill is targeting vaping devices just say so. I hate political doublespeak. If you cannot provide a rationale for legislation that even makes sense, I cannot support it. Secondly, if 18 year olds are old enough to be sent to war and charged as adults for crimes, shouldn’t they also have the right to choose how they live their lives?
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    Pass sensible gun control laws NOW. 100% background checks to purchase any firearm. Now. Moscow Mitch. ‘We The People’ are talking to YOU.
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    If your old enough at 18 to die in service of your country then your old enough to make decisions on tobacco and alcohol we should be lowering the drinking age not raising the tobacco age come on
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    As a double lung transplant survivor I can say smoking should be discouraged in as many ways as possible. Protect young people!
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    You can’t tie grant funding to smoking age. That is a ridiculous tactic which sets a precedent that no one desires. If you just ban Conservatism, oppression will disappear and the smoking age will drop. Need to go to root cause of all issues.
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    Will you raise the draft age to twenty one?
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    And while you’re at it how about looking at gun regulations too. Funny that McConnell is bringing this to a vote before any other bills awaiting your attention. I guess donations from big tobacco are not what they used to be. It’s obvious that politics and not common sense is stalling any movement toward gun regulation. Even Antonin Scalia said regulation by the states’ was advisable even as he was writing to trash precedent with the Heller decision. My husband said that it would take a Republican congressman’s child getting shot at one of our almost weekly mass shootings to have anything change. Well what do you know-a congressman’s daughter just missed being injured/killed in Dayton and now Mike Turner wants to ban assault weapons, high count ammunition magazines and military style ammunition. Seriously!!! How stupid are we to accept the status quo? Military style weapons and all their accessories need to be banned. Universal background checks need to be implemented with NO loopholes. Amounts of guns and ammunition that can be owned by any individual need to be limited. Inconvenient? Less inconvenient that watching the shootings and dealing with the aftermath. And our provocateur in Chief needs to be sanctioned and held accountable for his role in the rise in White Nationalism, and hate crimes. Killers from Christchurch to Dayton to El Paso all spouted Trump’s own exact words in their diatribes online. He’s used anti-all others, meaning anyone who isn’t of Northern European descent, speech to divide us for his political advantage. The consequences are plain to see. People are dying. He needs to go. I look forward to watching his trials for all the crimes he’s gotten away with because of the office he holds. It won’t be enough, but it is long overdue.
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    A person is legally considered an adult at age 18, they can go to war, they can be tried as an adult, they can vote, the can be held financially responsible for debts and legally bound by contracts, so they should be allowed all rights of adulthood as well.
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    If a kid can serve in the armed forces at 18 then he or she is an adult.
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    You yahoos profit from gleefully sending eighteen year olds to endlessly concocted wars, smack your self-righteous lips while taking up residence in eighteen year old girls’ uteruses, and suck your thumbs while a racist, supremacist president incites murderers and then whines the Pilate song and the best you can come up with is a three year tobacco threat? Sure, Trump’s a coward, but then, he’s always been one. How about y’all? Always been weenies or just new to the job?
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    If you can be sent to war at 18 you should be able to do all age restricted things at 18. We as a society need to quit babying kids and prepare them to be full fledged adults on their 18th birthdays. Life comes at you fast. Keep your glove up.
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    This is crazy. Just PASS A FEDERAL BILL. STOP BULLYING THE STATES.
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    Or lose grant funding?? Anything to rip money away from those who need it most. #MoscowMitch is the ANTICHRIST
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    If they can be drafted and sign for a mortgage at 18 they should be able to make the decision to smoke or not.
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    If a 18 year old is old enough to join the military and die for our country then they should be able to make all other choices also
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    Do not grow the federal government any larger or give them more power that they can abuse.
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