I'm all for wiping out smoking completely and while I've heard lots of evidence in favour of legalizing drugs, I cannot understand the appeal of cigarettes at all. I can understand seeking a high but to choose to regularly put toxic chemicals into your body just seems insane.
The new bill, HB 1509, suggests that the smoking age should go up to 30 in 2020, 40 in 2021, 50 in 2022, and 60 in 2023 - until finally, in 2024, people would need to be 100 years old to buy cigarettes. He told the Hawaii Tribune-Herald that a "ridiculously bad industry" had designed the cigarette to be "highly addictive, knowing that it is highly lethal". "We don't allow people free access to opioids, for instance, or any prescription drugs," he said.
It's the last part I've heard lots about recently and perhaps it's the quality of the product rather than the existence of it. If it's designed to be addictive then that should be the first point of attack, not its availability.
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