Raising smoking age will do little good
May 02, 2013 | 6488 views | 0 0 comments | 79 79 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dear Editor:

"Waiting to inhale? Here we go again" (In Our Opinion - April 25) will only result in increasing the growth of street corner cigarette sales known as "loosies."

Consumption of tobacco has been part of mainstream America, transcending generations. Despite the best efforts of government to limit consumption via excessive taxes and smoking restrictions - just like alcohol prohibition in the 1920s — both have been total failures.

Creative entrepreneurs will always provide the citizens desire, regardless of government approval. Consumers have voted with their dollars, making tobacco consumption a multibillion dollar enterprise today.

Our tax dollars would be better used if police and judges spend more time prosecuting those who commit real crimes against individuals or property than going after those who sell cigarettes to those under 21. Law enforcement authorities should be free to pursue those who commit real crimes against citizens and property.

At 18, you are old enough to vote, be a parent, pay taxes, own a car, take out a bank loan, serve in the military and die for your country, but not consume tobacco. It makes no sense.


Larry Penner

Great Neck

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