Illinois Is One Step Closer To Raising The Smoking Age To 21/Banning Smoking Altogether
The decision on whether to raise the age people can buy tobacco to 21 is now in Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s hands after the Illinois Senate approved the so-called “Tobacco 21” bill on Thursday, two days after the House OK’d it.
Jordan Abudayyeh, Pritzker’s spokeswoman, did not indicate whether the governor would sign the bill, only that he looks forward to reviewing the legislation.
“The governor believes in order to help build a healthy society we have to work to prevent young people from smoking,” Abudayyeh said.
Lawmakers have 30 days to send the paperwork to the governor’s office, and Pritzker will have 60 days to sign or veto it.
Oh look, the goddamn government is trying to tell law abiding adults what they can/can’t do and what they can/can’t spend their money on again.
Here’s the thing, I think smoking is gross. But that’s not up to me. All that will happen if you put some crazy laws in place to ban smoking to any extent is this, people will get their hands on cigarettes anyway. You think the gang bangers on the south side of Chicago give a shit about some laws put in place to keep cigarettes out of their hands? Fuck no. If worst comes to worst they’ll jus take a quick trip to Indiana, a Red state (of course) to get their hands on cigarettes anyways. So what’s the point of even banning them or raising the age of their purchase? There isn’t any.
That…. and cigarettes don’t kill people. People kill people. Cigarettes don’t have consciousness. They don’t choose to turn your lungs black. You do when you decide to pound 2 packs a day. Cigarette smoking isn’t a cigarette problem, it’s a people problem.
And what if someone breaks into my house? Am I not supposed to be able to defend myself? The last time someone broke into my apartment I pinned them down and burned their corneas with a Marlboro Red. Word must have gotten around that I carry a pack of smokes on me for self defense because I haven’t been robbed since. Now me, a law abiding citizen, won’t be allowed to do so anymore because it might potentially be illegal to own a pack of smokes and I follow the law, regardless if I agree with it or not. Might as well just hand some fuckwad burgler my entire apartment and say “here, it’s all yours. Not like I can put up a fight anyways.”
Or on second thought maybe I won’t give up my smokes. They can take my cigarettes when they pry them from my cold, dead hands.
It’s all a bunch of horse shit.