Hmm. I’m not at all sure about this. Sixteen-year-olds are smart enough to know that cigarettes are bad for you. And obviously this legislation would hardly stop under-18s — or under-16s for that matter — getting cigarettes.
This sort of age is very confusing for knowing where you stand in the grand scheme of things. At the age of 16 you can get married, but you can’t have a pint, you can’t drive a car and you can’t vote. And who decided that 17-year-olds should be allowed to drive — did they pull that number out of a hat?
I’m not a fan of age restrictions in general really. Take driving for instance. I don’t think accidents are caused by under-25s more per se. But that’s kind of beside the point. If a driver is so bad, they shouldn’t be on the road, whether they are 17, 35, 75 or 14.
16-year-olds aren’t kids. If they’re going to drink and smoke — and they are — then why not? Their bodies are more than likely as developed as any adult’s. They are old enough and educated enough to know about the risks involved. A little law is hardly going to stop them anyway.