People Under 21 are too Young and Immature to Drink, Smoke or Vote

Posted by PITHOCRATES - April 27th, 2013

Week in Review

You can join the military when you’re 18.  But you can’t drink alcoholic beverages.  Or, if Mayor Bloomberg gets his way, smoke (see NYC bill would raise smoking age to 21 by Tom Howell Jr. posted 4/22/2013 on The Washington Times).

City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn and top health officials touted a bill on Monday that would increase the smoking age from 18 to 21 as a way to prevent younger generations in the five boroughs from taking up the habit.

“Too many adults smokers begin this deadly habit before age 21,” Ms. Quinn said in a news release. “By delaying our city’s children and young adults access to lethal tobacco products, we’re decreasing the likelihood they ever start smoking, and thus, creating a healthier city.”

Officials cited estimates that said that raising the smoking age to 21 would cut the smoking rate among 18- to 20-year-olds by more than half and reduce the rate among 14- to 17-year-olds by two-thirds.

So anyone under the age of 21 is not mature enough to make an informed decision about smoking.  As these people will not consider the long-term consequences of their actions.  Choosing recklessly to harm themselves in the long run.  And causing a greater burden to society.  Well, everyone knows smoking is bad for you.  Even these 18, 19 and 20 year olds know it’s bad for you.  They have to with all of the PSAs.  Not to mention the warnings on cigarette packs.  Yet they make a very poor decision and choose to smoke.  So maybe the mayor is on to something here.

If a person is too young and immature to choose wisely when it comes to smoking perhaps they’re too young and immature to choose wisely when it comes to something else.  Like voting.  If we’re raising the smoking and drinking age because anyone under 21 is too young and immature to choose wisely then we should raise the voting age, too.  For they are either too young and too immature to drink, smoke and vote.  Or they are old enough and mature enough to drink, smoke and vote.  You can’t selectively choose what people are old enough and mature enough to do.  If people are too young and immature then they are too young and immature.  Whether it be for drinking, smoking or voting.

Of the three the longest lasting consequences for choosing poorly has to be with choosing poorly in the voting booth.  So if they’re raising the legal age of anything it should be for voting before drinking and smoking.  For people killing themselves by drinking and smoking won’t bring on a sovereign debt crisis.  Pour money into unwise green investments.  Or pass job-killing legislation like Obamacare.  But voting for the wrong people will.  So clearly we shouldn’t let people who are too young or too immature vote.  We should make these people grow up and become responsible first.  Like we do before we let them drink and smoke.

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