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Letter to the editor: Government cannot tell adults what to do

Recently, the news has included a piece about the Tobacco 21 effort by some local governments in Minnesota. This government-knows-best nonsense must stop.

Recently, the news has included a piece about the Tobacco 21 effort by some local governments in Minnesota. This government-knows-best nonsense must stop.

Why should government be involved in telling adults what they can or cannot do? As a nonsmoker, at what point do you take a step back and say, "No more governmental control?"

Yes, I don't like smoking, but as an adult I don't believe it is government's job to make those decisions for us - those that should be a personal responsibility.

The absurdity of laws like this under the premise of, "Surveys and studies have shown that the main way kids under age 18 get access to tobacco is through their 18- to 21-year-old friends," is simply a ridiculous way of saying that raising the age eliminates smoking. It simply does not.

At 18 years old our young adults can be sent to war, gamble, get tattoos, live where they want, vote, make a will, inherit property, marry without permission and sign a legally binding contract. But some think we should use local laws to implement social policy as we think they are adult enough for all those things but not old enough to buy cigarettes or drink.

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In Minnesota, we define by law an "adult" as someone age 18 or older.

Again, while I don't smoke, I think this is government reach into adults' lives that is not warranted and is illogical. Where does this big government, nanny state, social engineering stop?

It is NOT government's job to tax, regulate and control our lives from cradle to grave.

David Anderson,

Lonsdale

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