Isn’t Choice Better Than Force?

MINOT, N.D. — Congress seems set to pass a law raising the age for legal tobacco use to 21.

Here in North Dakota, Devils Lake already adopted an age-21 ordinance for tobacco use and vaping, though it’s probably not legal for reasons I’ve explained previously.

They’re lumping in vaping with this move, which is unfair because that delivery mechanism for nicotine is not equivalent, in terms of health and social impacts, to traditional tobacco use. But that’s beside the point for the purposes of this post.

What I’m wondering is why we need to tell adults not to use tobacco?

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Rob Port is the editor of, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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