We see TV campaigns from time to time about people trying to quit smoking.
Some have them going back to where it all began, to their high school to stamp out the butt.
In schools, they may warn children about the dangers of smoking, but you know some will do it anyway because their smoking friends convince them they look cool or maybe more grown up.
In Washington, DC, they are debating whether to raise the smoking age to 21.
They know older friends will still buy some for the underage, but they hope to still save some lives by heading off some younger smokers.
It sounds good, but there’s a sticking point. Like everything else, it all comes down to the money.
If 18 to 20 year olds did not buy cigarettes, it would cost the district about $5 million dollars over the next four years in lost tax revenue.
And, their government, like ours, is addicted to that tobacco tax money.
So, what do you think they will decide is more important, lives or levies?
And, do you believe raising the smoking age would really have any effect?
Let me know what you think.