It is said that if someone doesn’t start smoking by the time they are 21, they probably never will. So why not raise the smoking age to 21?
The money saved on treatment of smoking-related illnesses and on cessation programs could be used to beef up enforcement of such a law. Enforcement should be directed against stores that sell cigarettes to those under 21, against straw purchasers who provide cigarettes to them and against underage smokers.
I am assuming that the state wants to reduce smoking, or is it addicted to tobacco tax revenue generated by teen smokers?