Grandfather Clause for the Age of Tobacco Use

Grandfather Clause for the Age of Tobacco Use

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A grandfather clause is a clause exempting certain classes of people or things from the requirements of a piece of legislation affecting their previous rights, privileges, or practices.

Attention ladies and gentlemen. Recently, the legal age of purchasing tobacco products has been raised to 21. While there are obvious benefits to this new law, there is a more discreet violation of personal rights.

In the opinions of many, if our 18 year olds have the right to fight for our country, vote, live independently, and be married, they also have the right to choose what goes into their bodies. There are warning labels on all tobacco products. Therefore, we are all aware of the risks of using. 

My proposition is that those who turned 18 before the new law was passed should be exempt from the legislation. It is wrong to promise something for years only to expect those affected by the law to quit cold turkey. Tobacco use isn’t something that can be resisted with willpower, much less without it.

“Relying on willpower alone is not likely to be successful. Research over the past 25 years has shown that, out of 100 people trying to quit smoking cold turkey, only about three to five of them will succeed for longer than six months, according to Hays. In other words, while some people can quit this way, at least 95 percent of people can’t.”

Help rally support for the grandfather clause. Your opinion matters. 

 

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