This Breitbart report seems to only apply to the US military:
Donald Trump Hails Bill Raising Smoking Age to 21
President Donald Trump praised a massive military spending bill on Friday that includes a provision raising the smoking age to 21.
Trump indicated that he would sign the $738 billion spending bill, which includes a slew of other legislative priorities for both Republicans and Democrats.
“It will include 12 weeks Paid Parental Leave, gives our troops a raise, importantly creates the SPACE FORCE, SOUTHERN BORDER WALL FUNDING, repeals ‘Cadillac Tax’ on Health Plans, raises smoking age to 21!” Trump wrote. “BIG!”The bill to raise the smoking age to 21 is technically part of a second $1.4 trillion year-end appropriations bill that is also awaiting the president’s signature before he leaves for Christmas.
The plan to raise the smoking age received support from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as well as other Senate Republicans and Democrats. E-Cigarette maker Juul also backed the new age restrictions to demonstrate to regulators its willingness to keep its products out of the hands of children.
The age limit hike also applies to e-cigarettes and all traditional tobacco products.
Trump also supported the idea to help stop kids from vaping with e-cigarettes.
“We have to take care of our kids, most importantly, so we’re going to have an age limit of 21 or so,” he said in November.
Trump initially proposed banning all flavored e-cigarettes but backed down from the proposal after he learned of a likely backlash from voters.
So “taking care of our kids” will include banning them from smoking, but won’t include not sending them off to fight in foreign wars.
Comments under the article are strongly negative. Sample:
If an 18 year old isn’t mature enough to make a decision on smoking, then they aren’t mature enough to make a decision on voting.
On the other hand, if an 18 year old is mature enough to drive a car and serve in the military, they are mature enough to smoke a cigarette and drink a beer.
I remember when my now departed mother-in-law would send her 8 year old son to the bar a block way, to buy a pack of Pall Mall for her. If you value personal freedom, those were the good ole days…yes sir they were.
In combat conditions, soldiers tend to rely on the nicotine to keep them going. Chewing tobacco is exceptionally popular.