At 18, we are considered adults who can give their consent. We can serve in the military, and we can vote. But we cannot buy alcohol, and soon, Hawaii may soon become the first state in America where the legal age to buy cigarettes is 21. There are many areas (such as Hawaii County and New York City) where this is a local government law.
This is being considered in Hawaii as a way to keep people from starting to smoke at a younger age, and those who break it will face a fine of $10 for the first offense, and subsequent violations would lead to a $50 fine or mandatory community service.
And this is another one of those issues that people can become very hypocritical on. I am very against smoking--I think the world would be a better, healthier place if cigarettes and tobacco were never used. However, I also believe that when it comes to what we allow or do not allow someone to do based on their status of "adult," this needs to be decided across the board.
How is it fair that someone can vote, get married, serve in our military, and then if they go to Hawaii, they cannot buy alcohol or cigarettes? How is it any different for them to be able to choose to do some life changing things, but no others? It seems silly.
But if we want to end smoking, will we have to make this sacrifice? What do you think?