To the Editor: First, let me state I am a non-smoker and wish no one smoked. I’ve lost both parents and many friends and relatives to cancer. That being said, I firmly believe raising the age to purchase/possess tobacco products will not make a huge difference and feel there are other areas ages could be raised for safety/health reasons. A sixteen year old is allowed to drive a car/truck unsupervised; a 3,000-pound instrument of destruction. In some communities, many here in the North Country, children as young as 10 years old are allowed to operate ATVs on town roads. Supposedly with supervision, though in my experience it’s fairly minimal. I’ve seen ATVs with no directional and some with no brake lights. ATV and snow machine rentals are also an area to look into.
With no experience and enough money a person can be on their way to a great experience and a trip to the hospital.
Eighteen year olds join the service, work, live on their own, attend college. They are adults.
All adults make bad decisions, regardless of age.
Also they will get their products somehow. Think Prohibition.
Trying more early education may be an answer.
This is not an endorsement for people to smoke. I realize it is a major issue for many people, but step back and take a look at some of the above topics. Quite possibly you may think of more things you see daily that may concern you more than an 18 year old with a tobacco product.