The tobacco-buying age is getting closer to being upped by three years to the age of 21. New York City lawmakers are pushing to get this tobacco-buying changed and they voted overwhelmingly to raise the age, according to Boston.com on Oct. 30.
The NYC council put the vote through without much problem on Wednesday, as they are bound and determined to keep these dangerous products out of the hands of the younger population as long as they feasibly can.
This isn’t sitting well with many folks, even those who are dead against smoking. The argument of Fox News Wednesday was how can you ask people to go to war, but tell them they are not old enough to decide for themselves if they want to smoke or not?
This is New York City, the nation’s largest city, it will now join only a handful of other municipals in taking the tobacco-buying age out of the teen years. Much like the argument for the legal age for drinking when it went back to 21, the tobacco-buying age is heating up.
The critics complain that if you’re old enough to go off to war at 18, you should be old enough to smoke and drink, or at least have that decision to make for yourself and not the government making it for you.
The bill is now given to Mayor Bloomberg to sign and it will go into law 180 days after enactment, which is what the mayor’s signature does. Smoking is deadly, there is no sugar-coating that. It shouldn’t surprise many that if during your lifetime smoking is banned all together in the nation. It has a feel of moving in that direction.
Smoking was a major part of life through the decades. All the way up to the 70s you could sit in a doctor’s waiting room and have a cigarette while waiting to be called into the examining room for an appointment. You could light up and smoke while you grocery shopped.
If you were in the hospital for any reason, one of the staples that came on the hospital tray was an ashtray. For many it was more important than the water pitcher or glass that continues to be offered today. You could smoke on a plane, train and in all automobiles like a limo or a taxi.
Really the only place you never lit up was in church or near someone on oxygen. People would even pump gas with a butt hanging out of their mouth.
“The Five at Five” on Fox News Thursday called this tobacco-buying age “asinine” saying the same thing as others are reporting today. You could go to war and die for your country, but you can’t legally smoke or make that choice on your own.