Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Poposal to raise age for buying tobacco in NY to 21

Proposal to raise legal tobacco age in NY from 18 to 21

Audrey Silk, founder of Citizens Lobbying Against Smoker Harassment, a city-based smokers' rights group, said the statistics cited by advocates are "questionable and disputable" but mostly irrelevant to the debate. She described the proposal as "government paternalism at its worst."
"Those aged 18 and above are not children. Cigarettes are legal," she said in a statement. "At 18 one is deemed adult enough to make responsible choices—to marry, to serve in the military (an immediate risk to health these days), and to vote for the very people who think they're not smart enough to make an informed decision."


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