Colorado, Utah move to treat tobacco like alcohol and hike smoking age to 21

  • Article by: KRISTEN WYATT , Associated Press
  • Updated: February 22, 2014 - 8:07 PM

DENVER — Two Western states with some of the nation's lowest smoking rates are considering cracking down even more by raising the tobacco age to 21.

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samiamFeb. 23, 14 2:54 AM

This is just going to create a black market. It's ironic the colorado legalized marijuana but is criminalizing cigarette smoking.

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comment229Feb. 23, 14 4:47 AM

Oh the absurdity of that age, 21. I will go along with it for smoking and alcohol use, if we pass a federal law stating nobody can serve in the military by choice, or through a draft, until they are 21. If you are old enough to die for this country when you are 18, you should be old enough to decide for yourself if you want to smoke or drink at that age. Hypocrites.

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coolnoutFeb. 23, 14 5:14 AM

Putting the cookies to a higher point of recovery, my mother thought that would solve the problem of them being consumed, but it never worked out either. Extinguish the desire and your problem is solved. Am I the only one who finds it ironic that the state has no problem sending their youth to war and jail as adults, but god forbid smoking?

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localguyFeb. 23, 14 7:22 AM

Tobacco is the only legal product which, when used as directed, kills the user. I'm for anything that reduces its use.

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foneboothFeb. 23, 14 8:00 AM

I am amazed that we have politicians so willing to pass unenforceable laws...the health consequences are real, but if they think this will curb teen cigarette smoking they been using too much of the their state's weed product...

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Mark27Feb. 23, 14 8:53 AM

I knew when New York City did this in the spring that we'd be looking at the new police state trendline regarding tobacco. Expect Minnesota to do it in 2015. Aside from further enlargement of the tobacco black market, which already exists on a much larger scale than just about anyone recognizes even here in Minnesota, the other unsavory consequence of this foolishness is "creeping infantalism" of our young adults. About the only thing left than an 18-year-old can do in the sphere of adulthood is fight in an overseas oil war. Treat a young adult like a child and expect them to behave as one. And so will continue to rise the number of young adults living in their parents' (smoke-free!!!) basements with little motivation to leave.

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Mark27Feb. 23, 14 8:58 AM

localguy, "Tobacco is the only legal product which, when used as directed, kills the user."....For as clever as you prohibitionists think you are for trying to manufacture this distinction to condemn others' drug of choice while exempting your own, tobacco is the same as any other product when it comes to health risks. If you consume too much of it over an extended period of time, your health will be negatively impacted. It's hard to say if it's even worse than Jack Daniels or Monster Thickburgers, because I like my chances of living to 75 a lot better smoking a pack of cigarettes a day than I swilling hard liquor or eating fast food daily.

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mn2niceFeb. 23, 14 9:58 AM

I characterize smoking as "suicide on the installment plan." In the end, while I agree with localguy and comment 229, I believe it is a matter of personal responsibility each of us has to ourselves and our families to make decisions which result in positive outcomes.

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LandsharkFeb. 23, 1410:17 AM

More social engineering by uninformed politicians.

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rjr2205Feb. 23, 1410:26 AM

I aree with the "absurdity of age 21" comments! I am a Vietnam veteran, in the mid 1960s at age 18 years I was allowed to enlist in the military and serve my country. When I got out at age 20, I could not legally drink alcohol and I could not vote!! I don't mind saying I was angry at that legal reality and paradox!!

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