Opinion: Only People 21 and Older Are Responsible Enough to Buy Cigarettes for Their Younger Siblings

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by A Concerned Citizen

Both the House and the Senate have signed a law which would raise the age for purchasing tobacco products from 18 to 21. I laud them for their efforts.

While I’ve never been a fan of “big government” or age restrictions of any sort, one thing about tobacco is glaringly obvious to me: Nobody under the age of 21 is responsible enough to buy cigarettes for their younger siblings.

Determining just which siblings to buy for, how much to overcharge them, and how many cigarettes to steal out of each carton is a decision only a mature 21-plus young adult can make. 18-year-olds simply don’t have the maturity to use the 20 bucks their little cousin gave them to get a couple packs of Winstons responsibly.

And it’s not just cigarettes. If you’re a 16-year-old jonesing for a Black & Mild or a flavored Juul pod, would you really trust your 19-year-old sister to buy you the right flavor? No way!

So well done, lawmakers. It’s time to take decisions about buying tobacco products for children out of the hands of 18-year-olds and put them in the hands of 21-year-olds.