posted on May, 21 2012 @ 08:22 PM
This law is so fraught with problems. Like all laws that try to forbid or restrict children from having access to something, the government tends to
go into focusing on the sellers of such, rather than the actual problem and there in lies the issue and problem.
Tobacco is the new alcohol, it is bad for you, every one knows that, warning labels are all over it, and the message has been out there. It has been
the target of many government and individuals out there, yet they fail to see the bigger problem with the same tactics that they are using, it never
works. Reality is that if a child wants to try a cigarette, it is not always through the vendor that they get such from. And there in lies the
ultimate problem. Having lived in San Diego, this is a useless law, as many people would either go to one of the native American Reservations or
across the boarder to Mexico to gain access to such.
Having seen this issue come up over and over, the solution that the industry has often implemented, is that if a cashier sells to someone underage,
the cashier is terminated, no repeals no questions asked, automatic termination, combined with the fact that there are often fines and possible jail
time involved. Yet the children keep purchasing tobacco, and now the question is where are they getting such from? The answer is usually a lot
closer to home than many people want to accept, that is from either the home or their friends.
There is usually, and in very few cities or states, laws that prohibit an older person from giving such to a minor. And when such does occur, the
police do nothing to stop it. They tend to look the other way, or just ignore it. If they want to stop children and those underage from smoking, the
solution has to be attack from 2 directions, the first is the vendors that are already being watched, and inspected, and the other is a more direct
approach, take it to the children and their families. Bring the family in on such, give them the fines and head aches of having to go to court, that
would more than fund the entire plan of theirs, and ultimately would cause the stopping of young people from getting a hold of tobacco products and
But that is a common sense approach, something the government does not want to do, as it would mean that the police and other authorities would have
to get involved in more of the community and actually doing something that they are charged with doing. Easier to take on a big cooperation, than the