The age for purchasing tobacco should be lowered from 18 years to 16 years?

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The age for purchasing tobacco should be lowered from 18 years to 16 years

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Reasons To Disagree

Tobacco is bad for you - 'nuff said

9 September 2005

This only encourages an almost irreversible habit at a younger age.

5 January 2006

tobacoo should be banned... i am a smoker... since i was sixteen... ban. who cares if we have tax subsidies because of tax on ciggarettes. its time non smokers paid for their own health care

15 February 2006

Smoking should be banned and forgotten forever.

3 March 2006

No way smoking is an expense habbit.

20 March 2006

I am strongly against all drugs

26 March 2006

smoking is dumb!!!

10 August 2006

Banning tobacco to any person is an exercise in futility.

15 January 2007

Yes lets make it easier for our young people to kill themselves. COME ON PEOPLE!!!! and about the comment that says its not hurting anyone except the smoker HELLLLLOOOOOO second Hand smoke kills the effects of smoke on unborn children what about their rights to live a healthy life.

3 May 2007

Stupid idea. Tobacco is disgusting, it ruins your health. It should be banned outright.

20 May 2007

smoking should be banned full stop!!

29 July 2007

how many 18 year olds are already buying their younger friends or family smokes?think about it if they age is lowered the rolemodels for younger kids will be gone,because they will see someone smoking and want to do exactly the same..smoking kills! i have a family of smokers and have already lost most of them to lung cancer.

5 September 2007

Tobacco should be made illegal altogether, we all know the only reason it's still legal is because of all the profits it rakes in.

2 November 2007

It's poison for goodness sake.

30 May 2008

Tobacco is very harmful. Everyone REALLY needs to try to get away from it. The age for purchasing tobacco should be changed to twenty.

16 July 2008

I totally disagree.... Teenagers get so much peer pressure to do things eg, smoking so by allowing 16 year olds to buy cigarettes all its going to take is a bit of peer pressure and they wil be addicted to a bad habbit that they wil one day regret!!

21 August 2008

I am a smoker and I think the more restrictions placed on tobacco the better, it is poison.

15 October 2008

Tobacco has been proven as a cancerous product - the longer we keep it at arms length the better!

28 April 2009

The age should be raised to 35. So anyone who takes up smoking is conscious of the decision they are making and capable of paying for their own medical care when their health suffers as a result of their stupidity.

15 May 2009

Ive got an idea where people should register and have a licence to smoke, But by doing so are exempt from government funding in the health system for any thing slightly related to smoking. They must have there own health insurance or be given morphine only to relieve the pain while they die a death of there own fault.

2 July 2009

Ban it all together.

28 July 2009

nbo it should be banned fully

26 April 2010

what a stupid idea. who even thought of this poll STRONGLY disagree

30 April 2010

That would be criminally irresponsible.

10 October 2010

get rid of the crap ... but it a process

1 May 2011

Why??? I thought we were aiming to be smoke free!!

11 May 2011

No, 18 is a good age of maturity to decide whether or no they want to consume this toxic substance.

29 June 2011

No way, 16 year olds are overly impressionable and susceptible to peer pressure. 18 year olds have more of a chance of making decisions like that free from social pressures

21 July 2011

I personally found this appalling when I red it. If the tobacco purchasing age was lowered to 16, imagine all the trouble it would cause. Adolescents under the age of 16 whom don't smoke, will be more likely to take up smoking if the purchasing age was lowered as it would be more readily available.

27 August 2012

should stay as 18 . and yes smoking is bad for young people like them

30 August 2012

The age should be raised from 18 to 21.

31 March 2013

You're just trying to make money now. That's not good. Forbid tobacco together.

17 August 2014

Aren't we supposed to be getting rid of smokers, rather than getting sissy 16 year olds who'll think they're cool if they smoke just to get addicted and live until 65???

21 May 2017


Reasons To Agree

The anti smoking lobby may try to convince people that less young people are starting to smoke, but the figures expose the lie. Smoking in the 15-20 age group is the smoking companies major growth market right now. Lets remove the aura of illegalness from the product. It will become less attractive to a kid if any old knobby can buy them. Kids buy stuff because they think its cool or because they are rebelling. Age barriers on cigarettes only encourages the young to try them

25 March 2006

why not? your raising the drinking age from 18 to 20, so give us something.

2 November 2006

I totally agree. I mean you are thinking of raising the drinking age to twenty and the driving ag to eighteen, so at least giv us something or leave us something left to do. Whether we decide to or not it is up to us. This does not hurt anyone else but us and will not have any consequences on other people unless they are influenced by the actions we have taken. So yes the lower the age for smoking and leave it up to us whether we decide to choose or not.

8 November 2006

Let the youth smoke themselves to an early grave.

10 January 2007

Wow - I didn't realise the age had been raised that high. What are we trying to do, prolong childhood until the grave? By about 14 or 15 people usually mature enough to decide for themselves whether they want to smoke or not, and to circumvent the restrictions if the law tries to stop them.

11 April 2007


21 June 2009

in rebuttal; unborn children have no rights because they are not citizens and have no certificate of live birth i.e. birth certificate. yes, smoking does kill, but hell, most kids don't want to live. most people who smoke still live long and happy lives and it is the chemicals FSC,EVA, and PVA that really do the harm along with Acetaldehyde Acrylonitrile 4-Aminobiphenyl o-Anisidine hydrochloride Arsenic Benzene Beryllium 1,3-Butadiene Cadmium 1,1-Dimethylhydrazine Ethylene oxide Formaldehyde Furan Heterocyclic amines Hydrazine Isoprene Lead 2-Naphthylamine Nitromethane N-Nitrosodi-n-butylamine N-Nitrosodiethanolamine N-Nitrosodiethylamine N-Nitrosodimethylamine N-Nitrosodi-n-propylamine 4-(N-Nitrosomethylamino)-1-(3-pyridyl)-1-butanone N-Nitrosonornicotine N-Nitrosopiperidine N-Nitrosopyrrolidine N-Nitrososarcosine Polonium-210 Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon o-Toluidine Vinyl chloride. If you took that crap out and just had a natural tobacco cigar, cigarette, cigarillo, or good ole' pipe tobacco (my favorite). my grandfather died from cancer (caused by a radiologist), and he smoked so i choose to smoke in his honor, he was 79.

13 July 2012

If you lower the age to 16 they will stop asking older people to buy them Tabacco products. The good thing about this is they have some what an adult decision to make as if they smoke or not.

1 August 2017

Reasons for Remain Neutral

I have family members who are 16-18 asking me to buy smokes for them, so lowering the purchasing age will just have kids younger than 16 wanting family to buy them smokes. Lower the purchasing age, lower the age that kids are going to start smoking.

30 November 2005

We need an age of maturity and then all these things can be set at that age.

19 April 2007

ive never had trouble buying smokes since i was 15 and i dont look older than i am, i dont think the shop people care as long as they get there money.. wouldnt matter to me either way

31 January 2008

If 16 is the age of majority then it should be such, I am not an expert on such so my opinion is pointless.

27 August 2012

Why not completely forbid tobacco altogether?

14 October 2013

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