Personally, I think smoking is a bad idea. The side effects of smoking can include chest pain, shortness of breath, persistent cough, difficulty or pain to swallow, cancer, etc. Thinking about having all of those health problems at the age of 18 is terrifying. Currently, it is illegal to sell or supply tobacco products to a minor under the age of 18, but 18 and over it is legal in most states in our nation.
In society there has been many debates about if the legal age of buying and selling tobacco should be raised to the age of 21. A 21 sale age complements other ways to reduce tobacco use, including higher tobacco taxes, strong smoke-free laws that include all workplaces and public places, and well-funded, sustained tobacco prevention and cessation programs. Increasing the sale age to 21 will help to prevent young people from ever starting to smoke and to reduce the deaths, disease and health care costs caused by tobacco use.
National data shows that about 95% of adult smokers begin smoking before they turn 21. The ages of 18 to 21 are also a critical period when many smokers move from experimental or social smoking to regular, daily use. While less than half of adult smokers (46%) become daily smokers before age 18, four out of five do so before they turn 21.
Just remember, do whatever you can now to benefit yourself in the future. Please think about the amount of damage you are doing to your body when using tobacco. I definitely don’t want anyone to use tobacco, but if you do, please wait until you’re 21 when your brain and body is more mature and can handle it better. PLEASE just think before you act!