LETTER: Is Raising The Smoking Age To 21 A Sign Of Hypocrisy?

According to Time Magazine, Hawaii is set to become the first state to pass a law banning the sale, use and possession of cigarettes and e-cigarettes to people under 21.

James Gruber of Washington writes in a letter to lehighvalleylive.com on the topic:

“I read in the paper recently that Hawaii will become the first state to move the smoking age to 21.  This will include the use of electronic cigarettes. Putting aside the obvious fact that the federal Food and Drug Administration has completely dropped the ball on electronic cigarettes being an unapproved drug delivery device, this legislation strikes me of deep hypocrisy.

“Apparently, a person of age 18 is old enough to operate a motor vehicle. That same person is also old enough to pick up a weapon of war and kill another person.

“But the legislative geniuses in Hawaii (and New York City) who proposed this kind of legislation feel that such a person is not old enough to know better about what they want to ingest into their body. At 18 they are old enough to operate devices that can kill others, but they are not old enough to operate a device that can kill themselves.”

Is there hypocrisy in raising the smoking age to 21?

(Updated post)

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