A bit of news slipped by a few days ago that the legal smoking age in England and Wales was to rise from 16 to 18 years in October 2007. (read the BBC article here). This will go hand in hand with the public smoking ban (April in Wales, July in England).
I made a little ?woo hoo? noise when I read about it as I really do think smoking is vile and that people are ignorant to carry on doing it, but I know that I?m being a little harsh with that last comment as I could apply the same rationale to drinking alcohol or excessive eating. I still liked the ?woo hoo? though.
I see a lot of teenagers smoking, some of them not even actually teenagers yet, and hopefully this will mean that they will find it harder to buy cigarettes and start smoking. It?s all too easy to buy cigarettes when underage, hell I even tried smoking when I was 15 but for only 2 weeks due to peer-pressure and I stopped once I realised how disgusting it was. I can see the appeal for youngsters though who still see it as ?cool?. Little do they know.
The 16 year old limit is not reinforced, so the question is if the 18 year old limit be enforced? I don?t think it will but it will deter younger smokers, although those 16 year olds will still buy cigarettes but it will put off the 13, 14, and 15 year olds (hopefully).
Someone brought up the point yesterday that 16 year olds who have started smoking completely legally will be in a funny situation when it comes to October as they will have to stop smoking otherwise they?ll be breaking the law, and will have to wait until they are 18. Weird eh?
If we lived in a utopian society then smoking would be completely banned, but then so would drinking, and so would sweets and any foods with excessive fat, sugar, or salt. It just isn?t going to happen as there?s too much invested in it. Once people are adults then they should be allowed to make their own choices as long as what they choose doesn?t have an adverse effect on others.
Roll on the Smoking ban!!