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11/22/2013 2:57:00 PM
Old enough to vote, old enough to smoke
by Chuck Mann
Greensboro

The New York City Council recently raised the age that their citizens can smoke tobacco, from 18 to 21. Why? I believe that all adult citizens should have the same legal, political and civil rights. Eighteen-year-olds can vote, drive, serve on juries, and enter into contracts. They can own guns, marry, divorce, and have abortions. Why shouldn't they be allowed to smoke?

I remember that back in 'the old days,' 18-year-olds could legally drink alcohol. Were baby boomers more deserving of some rights than the X and Y generations?

We should support more rights for all citizens, not less rights for some citizens. If we allow a U.S. government to take away rights from 'them' today, that makes it easier for the government to take away rights from 'us' tomorrow.






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