Volume 2, Number 15, June 2, 1997
When Are You Old Enough?
When are you old enough to smoke cigarettes? The law says eighteen. As far as Im concerned, no one is ever old enough to smoke. In fact, smoking is a rather immature thing to do. How can doing something that weakens your body and reduces your life expectancy be associated with adulthood? Most adults do not smoke. About three out of four adults prefer to breathe clean air. Researchers have also found that most new smokers are not adults, theyre kids. So if youre thinking of smoking to make yourself seem grown-up, forget it. Youll just look like someone whos trying to look grown- up, and thats UNCOOL! When are you old enough to smoke? A better question is: When are you old enough to know better? 1. Does the author believe that children should smoke? 2. In the authors opinion, when are you old enough to smoke? 3. About what fraction of adults smoke? 4. Do you agree with the authors position? Why or why not? Copyright 1997 RHL