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nehapatel
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Smoking Age May Raise to 21 in Hawaii
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?
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I am all for getting rid of smoking tobacco, but raising the legal age isn't going to do anything. If you have the right to risk your life for your country, you should have the right to risk your life smoking a pack of cigs.
Considering most of my friends started smoking way before they turned 18, I don't think changing a law will do much more than help the fake ID industry :)
Is this even going to make a big difference in Hawaii? How many people do they think smoke, and how many people do they think will actually follow the rules? The percentage is probably too low to bother with this change, imo.