Smoking and Drinking Age Laws in the United States

April 27, 2017
By ClaraAlabi-Isama BRONZE, Houston, Texas
ClaraAlabi-Isama BRONZE, Houston, Texas
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 Alcohol and smoking have killed countless people and will still keep killing, unless we the people do something about it. The legal age allowed for someone to start smoking is 18 and the age allowed to drink alcohol is 21. Most people would think these ages are acceptable until they find out the facts. Children under the age of 21 shouldn’t be allowed to smoke Marijuana, electronic cigarettes, or cigarettes. The same thing should apply to alcohol; if a beverage has more than two percent of alcohol, it shouldn’t be consumed by anyone under the age of 25.

Smoking in general is a hazardous substance; when consumed it’s worse. Any form of smoking  is harmful to the body and to everyone around you. A cigarette is one of the most frequently used smoking tools. It is made from; .“ dead frog preservatives known as formaldehyde, rat poison chemicals, and insecticide known as nicotine”. All of these poisons are going into a person's body when they inhale the smoke; it’s much worse on a young person. A teen who smokes isn’t the same as an 30 year old that smokes; the brain of a 30 year old is much more developed than the brain of an 18 year old teenager. 5.6 million young Americans younger than 18 will die early from a smoking related illness. That goes to tell everyone that smoking is extremely harmful to children under the age of 1, but that doesn't mean, let teens or people under the age of 21 smoke either.

Alcohol is another problem that teens and society face. Alcohol changes the way you cooperate with the rest of the world. Some things happen while you are intoxicated, some things that you would have never done if you were sober. Alcohol contains a chemical called ethanol, which is an intoxicating substance. This substance has a faster effect on young people than it does on adults. Alcohol can cause a loss in brain substance, damage your liver, loss of nerve function and other ailments, meaning if anyone were to drink too much alcohol it would become toxic or poisonous. “ Nemours Foundation” found that, teens that drink are more likely to have problems in school This shows that anyone who is still involved in some form of school, whether it’s Elementary,  Middle, High or even college. Having a good education is better than, barely getting by. Having a healthy, and successful teen, and young adult is what really matters.

There are some benefits when its comes to smoking and drinking alcohol; it only determines the amount a person consumes. There are different ways to smoke without using harmful resources. Some non-harmful resources are herbs. These herbs can help a person to stop smoking. Lobelia, Hops, Cloves, Peppermint and Ginger are the main herbs. All of these herbs help to calm nerves and to rejuvenate you. Smoking is also a way to reduce the occurrence of certain diseases. Smoking has many benefits so does alcohol. Alcohol can provide you with vitamin B, helping to develop the embryos in the spinal cords. Alcohol also helps to build DNA, and to block the absorption of folate in the blood tissue. women who drank one alcoholic drink a day or more, if they have a 90% vitamin B blood, then they are less likely to get breast cancer. Moderate to light drinkers are more likely to have a healthy weight. Smoking and alcohol both have a good side to them, but that doesn’t cover up the fact that they are still harmful to teens and society.

Alcohol and smoking are two of the main reasons of death. If a substance is powerful enough to slow the process of the brain or even manipulate the person to do things they didn’t want to, it shouldn’t be consumed by anyone. Alcohol is toxic and causes car accidents that should have never happened. Smoking just makes the brain weak and slow. All of these reasons are why the government should raise the ages from 18 and 21 to 25 for both. A survey was taken by some participants asking questions on what the legal age for smoking and drinking should be. For smoking 30.2% of the people choose 21-24 as the legal age. For drinking 51.2% choose 21-24 as the age allowed to drink alcohol. These results show how little people know about the harms of smoking and drinking alcohol.

Having a good support system and not having an influence, can help a teen not want to smoke or drink alcohol in the first place. A habit starts off with you seeing someone else do it then you want to try. You get addicted and can’t stop. That’s when you have an addiction. The only way to stop something before it happens or gets worse is by confronting it. The government needs to hear what the people have to say about the designated ages for smoking and drinking alcohol. The only way to do that is by protesting and campaigning for what’s right.  


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on May. 17 2017 at 3:21 pm
LissaHarding BRONZE, Houston, Texas
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Favorite Quote:
"Don't you just hate it when your brownie posses you?" - My friend Ruby

I don't think people should smoke or drink period. It's a disgusting habit.

iamcool said...
on May. 17 2017 at 3:17 pm
iamcool, Houston, Texas
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But people at such a young age drink and smoke no matter what the age of drinking or smoking supposed to be.

on May. 17 2017 at 3:03 pm
RaniaAitbouchireb BRONZE, Houston, Texas
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That is so true! like no matter what you do to persuade people not to smoke, or binge drink, people still tend to do it.

jxordan BRONZE said...
on May. 17 2017 at 1:49 pm
jxordan BRONZE, Houston, Texas
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True. It's kind of bad how many things people are able to get away.

on May. 17 2017 at 1:32 pm
PeterCao BRONZE, Houston, Texas
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Raising the legal age for drinking/smoking won't really make a difference for minorities that already drink/smoke. Peer pressure is one of the reasons teens even drink/smoke at an early age. If there wasn't any peer pressure there would be less drinking/smoking in minorities.

on May. 17 2017 at 12:17 pm
1LonelyRose BRONZE, Houston, Texas
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The age doesnt matter people already do it at 14,15,16, etc. and it doesnt stop them because it's illegal. If they steal; their parents' alcohol and drink it in the safety of their own home, who's going to turn them in?

nango said...
on May. 17 2017 at 10:53 am
nango, Houston, Texas
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Drinking and smoking are the causes of many deaths. The age law for drinking and smoking should be raised because to much young people are dying from it.

LanTo BRONZE said...
on May. 17 2017 at 10:37 am
LanTo BRONZE, Houston, Texas
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Smoking can affect a person's body and health no matter what. However, even with all of the campaigns telling us not to smoke and binge drink (alcohol) is not helping our society at all. Even though there are benefits, alcohol and smoking is still negatively affecting your body.

Sugars said...
on May. 17 2017 at 10:31 am
Sugars, Houston, Texas
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I agree that we should stop people who smokes or drinks, but when people start smoking it is very hard to stop due to the nicotine in the cigarette which is a additive drug that acts on the brain.

ASLanguage said...
on May. 17 2017 at 10:28 am
ASLanguage, Houston, Texas
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Smoking can limit a person's life by limiting their potential and success. I agree with your main points, but some benefits aren't good for one's health.

on May. 17 2017 at 10:21 am
Carsafety BRONZE, Houston, Texas
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I can relate to this topic because my grandma died from smoking and I believe that if it were to stop the death rates would drop

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