Shortly before Christmas Donald Trump tweeted that, as part of an omnibus bill, he was going to “raise the smoking age to 21. BIG!” I saw it as a Black Mark For Donald Trump. I thought at first it just applied to the US military, but it seems it applies to all 50 US States. Which makes it a very, very black mark for Donald Trump.
Up until now, given that a while back Trump tried to stop smoking being banned in his New Jersey casino, I’d thought that, even if he didn’t smoke himself, he wasn’t an enemy of smokers (like, for example, Hillary Clinton). I may have to re-assess this view.
And it would seem that Michael McFadden has been thinking pretty hard about this development. He sent out links to several of his thoughts. Like this one on Quora:
What is the minimum smoking age in 2020?
Up until the tail end of 2019 it was zero in 28 states in the US: i.e. no legally mandated minimum age. If you could fire up a Marlboro in your baby stroller you could sit there and smoke away to your heart’s content.
But with the signing of the new and massive Federal Appropriations Bill, President Trump MAY have raised it to 21 throughout all fifty states.
You’ll note the emphasis on MAY. That’s because of
- I am not certain if the bill specified purchase or use.
- I am not certain if it is, in a real sense, a “law,” since it was in an appropriations bill.
- I am not certain if the federal government an actually make such a law or whether it simply intends to act like a mob boss and threaten the States with extortionate financial losses to their federal drug enforcement programs if they don’t bend over and cooperate with federal wishes.