Well, it appears that Hawaii is the topic of the day.
The anti-smokers have come up with some remarkably daft ideas [which are all apparently “ground-breaking” and of course a “roaring success” even when they fail abysmally to have the desired effect].
The latest is of course Hawaii’s attempt to raise the minimum smoking age to 100.
The new bill, HB 1509, suggests that the smoking age should go up to 30 in 2020, 40 in 2021, 50 in 2022, and 60 in 2023 – until finally, in 2024, people would need to be 100 years old to buy cigarettes.
I have given this a lot of thought – about thirty seconds worth – and can see a bit of a conundrum here. Take the case of some 29 year old who enjoys a fag or ten. Currently that’s not a problem but if the new law comes into force he will suddenly be under-age until his birthday next year. He can then resume his pleasurable little pastime once more but only for a year when he has to stop again because suddenly he’s under-age once more. However, he only has to wait 69 years when he can once more resume.
I thought the minimum age for just about anything was to set the age of reason. If you are above the minimum age you are considered to be an adult responsible for your own actions? This presumably means that in 2024 everyone in Hawaii is considered to be a child incapable of rational decisions? You only become an adult at 100?
I really am intrigued to know what they’ll come up with next…. .