This is interesting.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, says he will introduce legislation to raise the minimum age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21, reports @LauraLitvan
— Anna Edney (@annaedney) April 18, 2019
Treating all forms of tobacco like alcohol would be a major public health improvement. The initial reporting says that this will include all products, including vape pens.
Speaking as a former under-age drinker, the barrier to access to booze when I was sixteen was me and my boys getting one of their older brothers to buy for us. He would do it with the understanding that we were drinking at his apartment or in other reasonable(ish) safe places where there was no chance of driving. This was not a frequent request as we could only bug him so much.
As a sixteen year old, if I was a smoker, getting a quasi-competent fake ID or having a slightly older friend go into the Store 24 for a pack was a much less socially expensive ask. The universe of people who would be willing to supply a near peer instead of a younger brother’s friend with an illicit substance was far larger.
This seems to be a good idea.