Posted on Apr 28, 2015
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With Hawaii moving the legal age to 21 to purchase tobacco, what are your views? I am a smoker and have been trying to quit for a while. I think this would help, but wondering your opinions.

http://www.cnn.com/2015/04/27/us/hawaii-smoking-age-21-feat/index.html
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CPT Zachary Brooks
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Remove the drinking and the smoking age, let parents teach their kids properly (or not) and then have the kids deal with the consequences.

More laws = more criminals.
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Thank you for the comment sir.
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CPT Zachary Brooks Outstanding reply and true. Responsibility.
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Sgt Aaron Kennedy, MS
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Nanny state.

Governments are not my parents.

If I want to put Arsenic in my body, I should be allowed. If the Government wants to tax me on the SALE of that, they should be free to do so.

But it is not the Government's job to protect me from myself.

Education is one thing, "defense" is another thing entirely.

Anyone here. Anyone at all think smoking is good for you? Anyone labor under that false idea? Anyone think breathing in fire, smoke, etc is a good idea?

Nope, didn't think so.

You made an informed decision to take up a bad habit and continue with it, knowing the risks that we have advertised ad naseum for at least 40~ years.

Treating adults like something other than adults is not going to change that.

Rant off.

SSG (Join to see) Not directed at you. Directed at state of Hawaii.
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No worries. That is why I brought it to RP. Thank you for your comment.
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MAJ Multifunctional Logistician
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I have mixed views on this...
on the one hand, there is ZERO doubt that smoking harms your body, so if the government raises the age to buy it, you are doing the populace a favor. Of course, on that logic, why not just make it completely illegal (which I dont agree with, but you see that logic train, yes?).
On the other hand, should we legislate health...or just educate and you take full responsibility for your decisions (I kinda like this idea more...but then, that logic trains says we legalize other things - i am glad cocaine is illegal, my surgeon doesnt need that option).
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I remember the Gov of New York making massive drinks not purchasable. His way of combatting obesity. Thank you for your comment
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SSG (Join to see) In regards to that, it actually created a different problem.

Here was the example I was given:

3 kids playing basketball, finish up order a pizza, and a 2L (67.628oz). But in NYC you can't get that, so they have to order cans instead. So they get a 6 pack (6x 12 = 72oz). They actually end up with MORE soda, and MORE recycling issues because of the law.
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