"If an eighteen year old can sign up to fight and die for his country, an eighteen year old ought to be able to buy a pack of cigarettes."
I have heard that line repeated ad nauseum over the ten years I have been working to raise the smoking age in the State of Texas. As a country, as a state, and as elected officials, we are charged with protecting our children. We must give great pause before we send them into the horrors of war. We must strive to make prudent choices when making decisions that can harm our children. Young adults, those that we ask to serve and protect, are the same men and women who can fall victim to a lifetime of the ravages of cigarettes and addiction to nicotine.