Apparently, Mitch McConnell and Tim Kaine have introduced a bill which would raise the legal smoking age to 21 from 18.
I'm not sure how I feel about this. I started smoking in 1977, when I was 15 years old. I finally quit in 2012; January 16 will be my 8 year anniversary. While I think it's good to keep cigarettes out of the hands of children, I think if we're going to raise the age to buy cigarettes to 21, then we should probably look at raising the minimum age to 21 for a bunch of things; things like voting, enlisting in the military, etc.
We know nictotine is addictive. I know when I was 18 I was definitely hooked. It seems pretty preposterous to me to suddenly raise the legal age to 21, thereby making people (technically) criminals by virtue of the fact that they've been using a product which has been perfectly legal for some time, and which is known to have addictive properties.
When all is said and done, I think the legal age for smoking should remain 18.
What say you?