I’ll come out and say it right out of the gate: it’s no big deal what Governor Jerry Brown signed into law this week.
The age at which you must be to purchase tobacco in California rises from 18 years old to 21, effective June 9. This applies to all avenues including smoking, dipping, chewing, and vaping. This will not apply to military personnel though, which I find interesting.
(The FDA) imposed far-reaching regulations on e-cigarettes, cigars and other tobacco products, requiring manufacturers to disclose their ingredients and submit their products for government approval, and barring retailers from selling the items to anyone under 18 years old.
Federal health officials billed the new rules as critical to taming a “Wild West” atmosphere involving a multi-billion-dollar industry whose products have surged in popularity in recent years, especially among young people.
They say there is little control over — or even basic information about — the manufacturing, distribution and marketing of the products, and that action is needed to protect young people from nicotine addictions and to inform adults about what exactly they are inhaling. (Washington Post)
One quick note: I’m no scientist. I don’t conduct health studies and sociological experiments, but I’m pretty sure that electronic cigarettes – the ones that produce vapor – don’t have any sort of nicotine in them. Most people who vape are trying to quit smoking cigarettes, aren’t they?
Take a look at some of the flavors for vaping purposes: churros and ice cream, creme de menthe, butterscotch, Mama’s Cookies, root beer, and – get this – Carolina and Kentucky tobacco! Are we trying to eat more (in a sense) and getting rid of our nicotine addiction at the same time? That seems to be the idea here.
So, what if people want to feed their addictions with other flavors and no tobacco? It’s certainly a viable option.
Now, say this with me: there’s too much government control! I understand we need government regulation on a few things. Smaller government is a great idea in principle, but with the way this country is going, everything will be regulated in some way, shape or form.
Since when do adults need to be regulated? I get the idea of trying to protect children, but Charles Darwin should be appreciated more and more on a daily basis. Survival of the fittest is the fastest-growing theme in the 21st century among adults.
We all should be smart enough to make our own decisions in life. If we make mistakes, we do our best to learn and move on from those mistakes or we continue to live in a comfort zone. That’s okay. I’m not trying to tell how people need to live their lives. The government needs to stop getting their hands on everything that we enjoy. It’s a power grab. It’s a money grab. It’s a enjoyment-killing grab.
You would think, at some point, the government control bubble will burst, but today and days ahead are living proof that it’s going nowhere anytime soon. Let human beings make their own choices, and let parents help guide their children toward making the right choices in life. Adults will smoke cigarettes to help cope with stress and anything else that they deem necessary.
In the end, let’s be compassionate with the choices people make until they start to directly affect us or someone else with whom we’re close.