Old Enough to Choose a President, but Not to Buy Cigarettes?

Once again, with Gov. Jerry Brown’s blessing, lawmakers in California have extended the long nose of government further into the private lives of their citizens. The latest intrusion comes from legislation that raises the minimum age for buying cigarettes and other tobacco products from 18 to 21 years old. With record-level support for marijuana legalization, and general recognition that the “War on Drugs” has failed, it seems odd to be moving backwards on tobacco.
Readers of a certain age may remember hearing young men deployed to the jungles of Southeast Asia complain that they were old enough to die for their

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