Letters to the Editor

Letter: Changes to smoking age

To the Editor:

First off, I like the smoking age change, but I think it isn't enough. Those who are younger than the age of 21 will still find a way of getting their hands on them and using them. The article says that smoking cigarettes is "a personal choice."

The act of smoking puts serious health risks into effect for both the person doing it and those around him/her. The negative effects are amplified to a certain extent for younger users due to the fact that they have not yet fully grown.

Some people still grow even after 21. What I'm saying is that the goal of the age raise is not exactly clear to me. The idea of reserving the gateway to addiction to cigarettes for a later age will do little to discourage smoking at all.

What I believe will be better is to close off the accessibility ofcigarettes for all age groups due to their harmful effects on people by outlawing them altogether, if possible. 

Jordan Carlson

McHenry

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