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senate Bill S. 2100

Should the Federal Government Raise the Age to Buy Tobacco to 21?

Argument in favor

Smoking kills, and raising the minimum age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21 would save lives and keep more young people healthy. States and cities are already starting to raise the age threshold, it’s time the federal government showed leadership on this important issue.

John's Opinion
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11/21/2017
Less 18 year olds would be addicted to smoking. Smoking is an epidemic.
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RevoltMonkey's Opinion
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11/21/2017
Yes, you shouldn't be able to drink, smoke, or sign up for the military until your 21. Next, raise the age to join the military. But if you don't want this raised then the age of drinking should be lowered to 18.
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Sam's Opinion
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11/21/2017
Yes it’s a good idea but those that were 18 before this is enacted should be grandfathered in. Ultimately it’s an adults own choice if they want to smoke or not
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Argument opposed

It would be absurd to change the law so that a person who’s old enough to vote or serve their country in the military can’t buy cigarettes. Raising the tobacco age will only increase the size of the black market for tobacco, as those adults who become underage will find other ways to buy.

OldTimer's Opinion
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11/21/2017
I don’t think so. It is my opinion that if an 18 year old is mature enough to die for the country then they are old enough to make up their own mind if they want to smoke, drink, gamble ect.
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Sarah's Opinion
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11/21/2017
Just like alcohol, people under 21 will be able to get it whether or not the law changes. It’s unnecessary.
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Ashley's Opinion
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11/21/2017
The government shouldn’t be telling adults what to do. This is overreach and it is offensive.
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      senate Committees
      Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
    IntroducedNovember 8th, 2017
    Less 18 year olds would be addicted to smoking. Smoking is an epidemic.
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    I don’t think so. It is my opinion that if an 18 year old is mature enough to die for the country then they are old enough to make up their own mind if they want to smoke, drink, gamble ect.
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    Just like alcohol, people under 21 will be able to get it whether or not the law changes. It’s unnecessary.
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    The government shouldn’t be telling adults what to do. This is overreach and it is offensive.
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    Yes, you shouldn't be able to drink, smoke, or sign up for the military until your 21. Next, raise the age to join the military. But if you don't want this raised then the age of drinking should be lowered to 18.
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    No, because at age 18 you are a legal adult, in my opinion when you’re an adult you should be able to choose what goes in and out of your body, even if it may be damaging. At 18 you can join the army and go die off in another country, but you can’t smoke a cigarette? I thought we were built on personal freedom and that big government shouldn’t interfere with our lives
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    If our military members are old enough to join and die for our great country, they are certainly old enough to smoke and drink.
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    Old enough to die for your country, but too young to kill yourself by smoking? Yeah that makes sense. 🤔
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    Yes it’s a good idea but those that were 18 before this is enacted should be grandfathered in. Ultimately it’s an adults own choice if they want to smoke or not
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    If tobacco isn’t going to be completely eradicated, we should at least do something! The bigger problem is children who live in homes of parents and grandparents who smoke in the house, not even giving their kids a chance to be healthy.
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    Tobacco is a horrible thing and the lobby for it is horrible as well. Yes by all means raise the age for it. There is nothing good about it.
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    In addition they should ban cigarettes. Make those who want it to roll their own. Will decrease consumption and improve health
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    As an adult who can vote and go to war you should be able to make your own choices. Regardless, this should be left to the states to decide.
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    Surprised it was even a question
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    This is silly bill that sounds good in theory but is absolutely pointless. Kids are going to smoke whether the age limit is 18 or 35. What a waste of time!
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    Teenagers are becoming addicted before 18. Restrictions have not been the answer. We need to focus on treatment and education.
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    If I can die for this country at 18, I think I should be allowed to drink and smoke for it as well.
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    Raising the age of sale will help keep tobacco out of high schools, where younger teens often obtain tobacco products from 18-year-olds. Smoking kills more people than alcohol, AIDS, car crashes, illegal drugs, murders, and suicides combined – and tobacco-related conditions cost the U.S. as much as $170 billion in health care expenditures each year. All great reasons to raise the age!
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    Just what we need, more government invasion. Since when has the function of the federal government been to tell people what to consume, , buy, etc?
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    You should be able to use any tobacco product if you are able to serve in the military.
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