Local Chatter

Do you agree with the recent increase in age, from 18 to 21, to purchase tobacco products? Why or why not?
By 
CHARLIE DENISON
Senior Reporter
Friday, January 10, 2020
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Annastacia Piprude: “It doesn’t matter to me because I’m already 21, but I would have preferred to see it come to a vote.”

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Jason Grover: “I disagree. If you’re old enough to go to war, I think you’re old enough to make a decision on whether to smoke or not.”

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Judy Fraser: “I agree with it. When you’re 18 you’re still a kid, and this gives a person a chance to say, ‘Do I really want to buy that pack of cigarettes?’ Prolonging it is good. Maybe it will help somebody somewhere along the line.”

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Kendall Barta, Fergus senior: “It doesn’t really affect me because I don’t use tobacco, but I can see both sides. I can see why young users are upset and I also understand why people support the change. There are a lot of health risks involved.”

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Shaynea Parkin, Fergus sophomore: “I disagree. People over 18 have been allowed to smoke for a very long time now, and, all of a sudden, because a bunch of minors are getting caught with JUUL cigarettes, the government is taking them away from adults? That’s not fair. I know so many kids in this school that are 18 and have an addiction to pods, cigarettes and chewing tobacco. They’re not happy about it [the change]. Now they have to do it illegally.”

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Shirley Ernst: “I am in favor of the change. It seems that smoking habits are less likely to form if [tobacco products] are not as easy to obtain when younger.”

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Skyler Foucher, Fergus senior: “I think changing the legal age to 21 is a good thing. I think it will help a lot of kids and help a lot of generations to come. To be honest, I recently quit vaping. It was affecting my life a lot. Made it hard to breathe. If I still used I’d probably be upset, but I would know it’d be another reason to quit. The government is trying to protect our youth.”

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