Andrew, adding to your list of activities that young people are allowed to do, according to the Nanny Left, but who should not be allowed to buy tobacco: While underage, obtain an abortion without parental consent, buy the morning-after pill, consent to sex at age 17 (in N.Y., lower elsewhere), and bring a legal action to be declared emancipated.
Also, once 18 — get tattooed, enter into a contract to buy a car, sue and be sued, have one’s body pierced, consent to surgery, etc., etc.,etc. Eighteen-year-old men and women are, well, men and women. Indeed, Bloomberget al. should just go away.