A Day Of Dougie
Smoking Age & Eggs
April 20, 2019
Early Saturday morning and I’m up and getting ready for work as per the usual. I’m ready for a long weekend, which for me will be next weekend. This one is kind of long too as we’re getting off on Monday for Easter, but it’s not long enough fo my tastes. I’m getting tired. I guess old age will do that to a man, but a few days of no customer service involving adult beverages and a chance to unwind and relax for a change, maybe even be sociable with a sexy man or two, will make a big difference. Aw, who the hell am I trying to fool? I’ll waste the days off when they happen by getting distracted by a book or going into a depressed “hate the world / no people allowed” funk and probably won’t get a thing accomplished when my long weekend comes. I guess that means I’d better do something this weekend, albeit a short one and beat the rush. Hey guys, call me.
And with that little rant that said nothing but was fun to write out of the way, let’s get busy with a quick “Days of Dougie” piece. There is one subject I want to tackle for sure and then I’ll draw one or two more from the “Magic Bag” to fill things out. I definitely want to talk about a current bill in Congress that has strong support and will probably become law within the next few years and that’s an effort by Senator Mitch McConnell to raise the age for being able to smoke and vape to 21. So we’ll address that in a moment and then the other topics. And what are the other topics? Well, let’s get the Magic Bag and find out. We reach into the bag and we have “Eggs”. And I’ll leave it at that. So we have “Smoking Age” and “Eggs”. Diverse enough for you? Let’s do this!
Raising The Smoking Age…
Senator Mitch McConnell, the current Majority leader in the U.S. Senate, has introduced a bill that if passed, will raise the federal age to be able to smoke from the current age of 18 to 21 instead. This would cover cigarettes, vaping, rolling papers, chewing tobacco, dip and all forms of tobacco products. And there is strong support in Congress, on both sides, to support this bill. A dozen states already have raised the age to 21 and it looks as if New York and Maryland will soon be doing so as well. McConnell cites the large increase in young people smoking and getting addicted at an early age and unable to stop as the reason for introducing this bill, called “T21” and it’s got the support of several large tobacco companies including Altria, British American Tobacco and e-cigarette maker Juul.
Let’s get the bad stuff out of the way. Cigarettes are bad for you. They are addictive and cause health problems. They stink. People walking around with a cigarette hanging out of their mouths look like stupid idiots and dumb-asses. It makes the breath bad, everything about the person smoking them smell bad and in general, have no redeeming qualities at all. I personally hate smoking and every time I see someone flick a cigarette butt on the ground, I want to give them a nice friendly slap across the head with a 2X4 for being a moron. I do NOT like smoking or cigs in general.
But that being said, the people who smoke and buy cigarettes are adults at age 18 and it’s their choice. If you are allowed to vote, get married, be tried as an adult, sign a legally binding contract, buy a house or car, run for political office, buy a gun, etc, then you should be able to decide if you want to smoke a cigarette or vape or chew or whatever as well. If I can join the army and protect our country at age 18 and am considered mature enough to do that, why does the government think I’m unable to decide if I want to light up a Newport or not?
This is, in my opinion, the government wanting it both ways. Part of the discussion recently in Congress was about lowering the voting age to 16. It was dropped from the bill where it was originally mentioned, but it was there and part of the conversation. So our government thinks a sixteen year old should be able to vote and make wise decisions as to who the President is, but can’t make a personal decision as to smoke or not smoke. Real hypocritical, but then again, with the men and women currently in power in our Congress, would you expect anything else?
And while I’m thinking about it, what about the billions of dollars in tax revenue that the states and federal government would lose if the age was jacked up and raised to 21 across the board. The taxes on tobacco products are already crazy, with the average state tax being $1.70 per pack as of 2016 and the state and federal taxes comprising of roughly 44.3% of the total cost per pack. With all of the big tax and spend programs being thrown out there daily by politicans, they want to cut one of their biggest sources of revenue? Not very smart thinking at all. Just saying.
But the bottom line is this. If smoking is so bad, ban it entirely. It wouldn’t bother me a single bit. But don’t try to be all “for your own good” with tobacco now and cut the hypocrisy by saying to the American people that at age 18, you can buy a house and car, be drafted, join the military, own a business, be arrested and tried as an adult, get married, run for political office, vote, buy porn, travel to other nations, etc, but are not smart enough to decide if you should smoke or not. The same hypocrisy exists with alcohol and the age was raised across the board to 21 from 18 “for our own good” and now, the government is doing the same thing with tobacco. It seems as if maybe they’re been smoking something. Bad idea. You betcha!
And with that, I’m through. I get it why they want to raise the age and the arguments are valid, but they can’t have it both ways. If being 18 makes a person legally an adult, then the adult decisions are theirs to make and not just some of them, but all of them and that includes to smoke or not. Think about it.
Questions, comments and thoughts, give me a shout. I’m Doug and I’m out of here. Have a great one and I’ll catch you later.
P.S. I forgot to talk about the eggs so here you go.
They’re good for you and taste good even if they do come from a chicken’s butt. And they’re not just for breakfast anymore. And now, I’m truly out of here. Call me.