Magazine January 27, 2020, Issue

Raising the Tobacco Age Is an Assault on Freedom

(Atitan Titwong/EyeEm/Getty Images)
If they can vote, let them smoke

Providing a rare example of the sort of “collegiality” and “bipartisanship” of which the United States is supposedly suffering a chronic deficiency, the various players in Washington, D.C., came together before Christmas to further limit the freedoms of the citizenry. Tucked neatly into the last-minute, must-pass, can’t-wait, don’t-read-it “omnibus” bill was a provision that raised the age at which Americans may legally buy tobacco, from 18 to 21. Thus did the federal government confirm that a few more trillion dollars of debt will do no harm to our children, whereas the prospect of a 19-year-old smoking a Marlboro represents sufficient

This article appears as “If They Can Vote, Let Them Smoke” in the January 27, 2020, print edition of National Review.

In This Issue

Articles

Features

Books, Arts & Manners

Sections

Recommended

The Latest