Smoking Age At Washington State

1445 Words Mar 16th, 2015 6 Pages
Tuan Nguyen
Donna Miguel
English 101
Smoking age to 21 in Washington State
Cigarette smoking has been identified as the number one cause of preventable disease as well as, death worldwide. Today, smoking-related diseases are claiming over 4 00,000 American lives each year. Among people who smoke, 70 percent of them are teenager. Smoking harms almost every organ in the body, causing lung cancer, coronary heart disease, and chronic pulmonary diseases. As a result, researchers have found out that teenagers in Washington State start to purchase tobacco at an early age. The Washington State’s top lawyer was set to unveil legislation seeking to raise legal the smoking age from 18 to 21 (Morris). If the bill would be passed successfully, then this will mirror the minimum age for alcohol and marijuana hence making Washington State the first state in the country to ban tobacco for people under the age of 21. According to Bob Ferguson; who is the Attorney General, he states that “The drive behind this is the health and well-being of our youth in the state of Washington; some other jurisdictions have raised the age and seen some real impact on youth smoking rates.” (Nunally). There are some advantages about raising the smoking age to 21 in Washington State.
Raising the smoking age to 21 can reduce the proportion of smokers because many people started to smoke an early age such as 15, 17 or 18 years old. At that age, people do not know what is good or bad for themselves…
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