Speak Out: Raising smoking age

The Senate last week approved a bill that would raise the age to buy tobacco and vape products from 18 to 21. The measure now goes to the House.

• Maryland, Pennsylvania and New Jersey are so close depending on where they live. Sending Delaware tax money out of state because they will go there to buy them now. So ridiculous. — Julie Watkins

• Don’t forget about jobs. A lot of 19- to 20-year-olds work at vape shops. What’s really disappointing is with all the things we could pass bills for we waste time on minor (things). — Jeremy Slaughter

• This just proves that they don’t trust 18-year-olds to make decisions for themselves and yet the Democratic Party wants to decrease the voting age to 16. Can someone please explain? — Regina Kadow

• Just another Bryan Townsend decision he’s making on behalf of people he represents without finding out what the people want. Let’s give 16-year-olds the right to vote. They’re mature enough to understand politics but no let’s take away smoking because they’re not mature enough to know it’s bad for them. — Adam Phillips

• It is not helpful to mix this issue up with others. As a stand-alone decision, anything that reduces young people’s access to addictive nicotine will help not only the individual but society at large. Studies show that people are much less likely to start smoking after the age of 21 than 18, our teenagers are vulnerable and prayed upon by advertisers, and smoking-related healthcare hurt everyone. — Lisa Snow Hastings

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