The city of Boston, Massachusetts is making efforts to raise the legal age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21 years of age. Per WINK News, it is estimated that over 100 cancer patients as well as survivors and family members, plan to gather at the Statehouse. Families across the state are aiming to appeal to the lawmakers to support the efforts of raising the legal age. Their goal is to protect the young adults from creating a nicotine addiction by raising the legal age to buy tobacco in Massachusetts.
Why Raise the Legal Age?
It has been stated that roughly 95 percent of American adults started smoking by the age of 21. This is probable because it is accessible to people at the age of 18, allowing them to feel cool, fit in to social groups or peer pressure. Many young adults start going out, partying with friends, staying up late and experimenting with cigarettes because of its convenience and the effect it has on people. Having the ability to buy and smoke cigarettes before you can legally drink, allows young adults to feel and think that it is more excepting to do. If the state raises the legal age to buy cigarettes, young teens will start realizing the harm and inconvenience that comes in to play when attempting to buy them.
Supporting the Raise
As previously mentioned, many people are coming together to show their concern in needing to raise the legal age to buy tobacco from the age of 18 to 21. Many people think that raising the legal age to 21 is suiting because it’s the legal age to buy or consume alcohol. People are questioning and making points that the legal age to drink alcohol is 21, making you older and smarter about the cause. At the age of 18, you’re not fully grown or aware of consequences. You’re still a growing and developing young teen. Someone can become addicted to alcohol just as much as they can become addicted to nicotine. It only seems fair to raise the legal age to buy cigarettes to the same legal age to buy alcohol. Both are very much deadly and harmful to your body.
What Can You Do to Help?
Many people plan to gather this week in Beacon Hill. This effort is part of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Networks annual lobby day according to WINK News. Raise awareness to young adults both in middle school and high school about the dangers of smoking cigarettes at a young age.
By: Jennifer T.