By Israel Ramirez |Staff Writer|
Increasing the smoking age, from 18 to 21, is outrageous because it limits personal freedom.
Many would argue that an 18-year-old is not old enough to make the decision whether he/she should smoke or not.
I argue that if they are old enough for the country to ship them off to war, then they are prepared to make their own choices.
Maybe it would be an even better idea to raise the age requirement to enlist for the selective service from 18 to 21.
I agree with Gov. Jerry Brown’s decision to raise the smoking age to reduce the health issues caused by it.
However, with the decision 18-year-olds are already able to make, I think increasing the age of smoking is unreasonable when at the same age, a person can go into combat in Iraq.
In the same way I am against sending our youth to combat, I am against the way many lose their lives due to smoking. Smoking can cause some of many health issues, such as asthma and lung cancer.
I am pro-progression against health issues regarding smoking tobacco.
While I agree with Gov. Brown to help end this issue, I am more so on the side of those who should have the ability to choose the things they want.
For example, the Eighteenth Amendment for example was established in the 1920s, and the prohibition of the sale of alcohol showed us that enforcing the law just made the situation worse through smuggling and crime.
I am not saying another notorious gangster like Al Capone will re-appear, but people will still find a way to acquire tobacco.
Honestly, the last thing our prison system needs is more inmates for minor possession of something that was once legal.
There are far more dangerous crimes than someone smoking at the age of 18.
“I think raising the smoking age is good because one’s mindset is different when they are 21 rather than when they were 18,” said student Jennifer Ruvalcaba.
Clearly, there are pros and cons to the situations; whether it be helping in preventing future health issues or choosing whether somebody is old enough to act on their own.
I do not agree with the decision to raise the smoking age because 18 years of age comes with a lot of responsibilities for many.
Once we reach adulthood, we are considered mature enough to engage in conditions that require legal action, such as marriage, mortgages, auto loans and enlisting into the military as mentioned before.
All of these things require great responsibility and maybe people who are 18 may not be ready for all of them, the same way California believes they are not ready to purchase tobacco.
If at a certain age we are considered legally responsible to engage in conditions that require a certain level of maturity, then having the choice to smoke a cigarette should really be a no brainer.