New Zealand has a plan to eventually get rid of tobacco completely in a few decades.
Starting in 2027, the legal smoking age of 18 will be raised every year. This allows those already hooked to continue the habit but, makes it illegal for anyone born after 2008 from ever buying tobacco products.
The idea is the smokers would eventually die out and then no more legal tobacco.
Here in the U.S., Brookline, Massachusetts, has a law that went into effect in September prohibits anyone born after Jan. 1, 2000, from legally buying tobacco. That means even those turning 21 this year can't buy cigarettes. The law has yet to be tested in court.
We want to know what you think. Would you support similar legislation to slowly get rid of all tobacco products? Or are you against the idea?
Send your response (50 words maximum) to [email protected] by Wednesday, January 12. You can also mail your response to the Texarkana Gazette Friday Poll, at P.O. Box 621, Texarkana, TX 75504 or drop it off at our office, 101 E. Broad St, Texarkana, Ark. Be sure to include your name, address and phone number. We will print as many responses as we can in next Friday's paper.