There is a growing movement of concerned citizens who are worried that the ‘vaping’ culture among teenagers in the U.S. is getting out of hand given the dangers associated with smoking. It is these concerns that have made 12 state government’s raise the legal smoking age in their jurisdictions up to 21 and 450 local governments have also done the same.
Three of the biggest US tobacco companies Altria (NYSE: MO), British American Tobacco (NYSE: BTI) and Juul have recently voiced their support for 21 to become the legal smoking age at a national level. This move has attracted both supporters and critics with the latter saying that it is a publicity stunt given that the tobacco companies would lose revenue if such a law came into effect.
Regardless of which group you are in, I believe it is import that we protect the youth from making mistakes that are going to affect them for the rest of their lives. This means that if raising the legal smoking age will stop the vaping pandemic, then this is the right course of action.