Change the Tobacco and Nicotine Consumption Age Back to 18

Change the Tobacco and Nicotine Consumption Age Back to 18

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Malea Amnath started this petition to President Donald J. Trump and

If an 18-year-old can join a war, vote on how our house of government is run, and are considered adults by law they should be able to smoke. While many tend to disagree these are crucial statements to what many other 18-year-olds have to say about the situation. What about those sub-adults that already have possession of nicotine and tobacco products? While many people who have the substances are older than 18 since smoking didn't become popular until the 1600s; according to the Office of Adolescent Health in an online article in the Tobacco cigarette section; "Nearly 90 percent of adult smokers began smoking before age 18, and 9.7 percent of high school seniors reported smoking in the last month." Therefore, most of the young adults are in possession of some kind of tobacco product. What are you going to do about 90% of now underaged smokers who had possession of nicotine products before this law passed? Having them pay for the crime and arresting them is out of the question being that they may have purchased them the day before when they were legal. In any case, it's commonplace to see someone of 18 or older smoking, even with this law outraged adolescence will go to their parents, or older friends to purchase smokes for them. There's no point for this law to take place with that being the case. People will find a way to get their hands on it one way or another, why not just make it legal for them being that it's already in place for 18-year-olds to make important and impactful decisions?  

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