Two States Consider Raising Smoking Age

Luke 17:28-30 “Likewise as it was also in the days of Lot: They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built” but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. Even so will it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed.

Two western states are looking to fight the health battle by raising the age for legally smoking.

Utah and Colorado has both voted for proposals that essentially treat tobacco the same way they treat alcohol.

The new laws are being proposed because a new study showed that many people develop their addictions to tobacco during their teenage years.  A study from the Annals of Internal Medicine says that 9 out of 10 daily smokers had their first cigarette by 19 years of age and that 90 percent of cigarettes bought for minors are bought by 18 to 20-year-olds.

“By raising the age limit, it puts them in a situation where they’re not going to pick it up until a much later age,” Marla Brannum of Utah told legislators.

New York City rose the age for cigarettes to 21 last year.  Several other states are considering 21-for-tobacco bills including Hawaii and New Jersey.

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