A new bill package aims to raise the age limit for smoking to 21 and is currently being studied by both the State Senate and the Assembly of California. At the moment, anyone who has already turned eighteen can buy tobacco products, and experts are worried that most of the addictions occur in this timeframe of three years.
Since the brain is still developing between the ages of 18 and 21, many people are supporting the new bill. Furthermore, at this age, most young adults are still quite easy to influence, and many end up picking up the unhealthy habit.
Apart from the obvious health issues caused by smoking, it appears that tobacco abuse can damage cognitive functions. Taking this into consideration, the authorities plan to prevent about 223.000 that are caused by tobacco. A study conducted by a Medicine Institute has shown that ninety percent of the people who become adults did smoke at least a cigarette before turning nineteen. Furthermore, most people become addicted to the substance before they reach the age of 26.
So what would happen if the smoking age limit would be raised to 21? Those under eighteen years old would have a hard time procuring the cigarettes. Teenagers usually either convince the seller that they are the right age because they look mature enough, or they simply ask someone older to buy the packages for them. By raising the age limit, the gap between teenager years and adults would grow and thus make it more difficult for them to acquire tobacco.
Many people agree with the decision, as out of the total of individuals who took part in a survey, 75 percent expressed their support. Furthermore, even active smokers seem to realize the risks and negative effects of tobacco and are also on board with the bill.
The new decision has one exception, though: since people can join the army as soon as they turn eighteen, those who choose to do so will be allowed to buy tobacco products starting at this age. However, the exception refers only to active duty troops.
The progress of the new bill is very similar to the one that limited drinking to 21 back in the 1980s. While the decision will surely be beneficial, we can expect some people to voice their discontent, as they have been doing on the matter of alcohol by comparing the United States to other countries where everything is legal once you turn eighteen.
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