Is the new smoking age really effective?

Is the new smoking age really effective?

In many states the legal age to smoke tobacco is 18, but recently there  have been states that have raised the age to 21. Some believe by raising the age, the use of tobacco will be reduced in the United States.

Tobacco has been around dating back from the 14th Century and can be used in the form of a cigar, cigarettes, pipes, and hookah.

So why are people trying to raise the age limit? Tobacco has always been known to have harmful effects to the human body. As stated on, “Using any tobacco product is harmful. Inhaling tobacco smoke exposes users to more than 7000 toxicants and at least 70 carcinogens, damaging the whole body. A regular smoker typically loses more than a decade of life.”

According to, “As of January 8, 2019, six states – California, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Oregon, Hawaii and Maine – have raised the tobacco age to 21, along with at least 430 localities, including New York City, Chicago, San Antonio, Boston.”

Raising the tobacco age may sound effective but what is stopping teens from having access to tobacco? Teens have always had ways into buying cigarettes and other tobacco products without a problem, some manage on doing it by paying a trusted adult to purchase the products for them or by buying it from people around them.

“I know a lot of people that I used to go to school with that have purchased tobacco products at an early age and have gotten away with it, they are pretty old now but I don’t really think this new law will help. In fact , I think it’ll only make the issue worse and will cause more violence,” said 24 year old university student, Zack Anderson.

This new law will anger adults who have legally had the right to buy cigarettes but now won’t be able to. Convenience stores and other local small businesses will also be negatively impacted by this new law. It would be very difficult to enforce this new law on young adults.

“I know that if this law gets pushed it would definitely help stopping addiction for young adults but I dont think this new law would really do much at first,” Edgar Alejandro continued “there are still many places where young adults could purchase tobacco products but this can help stop young adults from smoking in public which can affect people who have asthma.”

Is this new tobacco law going to be effective? It seems like it will help reduce the number of young adults with tobacco addictions but it would be very difficult to enforce and only more problems will come out of this such as, hurting small businesses and causing younger people to result in violence on finding a way to purchase tobacco.