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From The Mayor's Desk: Chicago & NYC Fight Smoking

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Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
12/3/2013 1:08:31 PM
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Re: just when you thought it was over
Well, Rich, I don't think that 18 year olds should be serving in the military, either. And if the driving age were raised, I'd be fine with that, too.

I was discussing this with my friends the other night and we were just acknowledging the fact that 18 isn't what it used to be. People used to get married and start families much earlier than they are doing today. When people were doing those kinds of things earlier on, it made sense to put pressure on the 18 year old to be mature enough to handle adult-life things. But now that mature, adult life is starting later than it once did, why should we still consider 18 year olds as anything more than the teenagers they are?

richheap
richheap  
12/3/2013 3:59:40 AM
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Re: just when you thought it was over
I'm intrigued by your final comment, Nicole. How do you mean that 18-year-olds aren't adults? Where do you think the cut-off should be? If you're old enough to do responsible things like voting or dangerous things like driving or serving in the military, then surely you're also old enough to buy cigarettes? I don't see how we can expect people to take responsibility for their decisions - including the choice not to smoke - unless they're free to make the wrong decisions.

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
12/2/2013 3:42:11 PM
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Re: just when you thought it was over
I completely agree that these should be regulated in the same way that regular tobacco products are, so kudos to Chicago. And kudos to New York as well for raising the smoking age to 21. Let's all finally accept that, especially in today's world, 18 year olds are not adults.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
12/2/2013 10:16:09 AM
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Re: just when you thought it was over
Too funny, @Rich. Then again, consciousness of one's look is often what drives one to want to smoke anything, electric or otherwise, no? I suppose we could ask Mayor Ford about this. ;>

richheap
richheap  
12/2/2013 4:01:09 AM
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Re: just when you thought it was over
@Mary: Being British, the worry about social embarrassment overrides the worry about my health.

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
11/30/2013 8:19:40 PM
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More Rob Ford parody hilarity
Thanks for the Will Ferrell clip, Rich. Here's one from SNL that made me laugh.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
11/30/2013 7:28:34 PM
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Re: just when you thought it was over
Now that I understand the e-smoking situation a bit better, thanks to Susan, I must say I side with Chicago's mayor on this one. We really don't need another publicly accepted addiction dressed up in sheep's clothing.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
11/30/2013 7:20:20 PM
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Rob Ford
So I'm not really undestanding the Ron Burgundy sendup, but just the look of that comedian is somehow funny in an odd way -- so 70s.

We'll see if Mayor Ford can manage to stay out of the news and off the talk circuit for at least the next few weeks. Now that he's on "light duty" as mayor, with much of his power taken from him, there isn't too much more he can do to disgrace himself. Well, maybe.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
11/30/2013 7:13:15 PM
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Re: just when you thought it was over
Okay, so you're still on the nicotine with these things? Thanks for clarifying, Susan. I have friends who chew nicotine gum and they're every bit as addicted to the stuff as they used to be when smoking. No, thanks. I'll stay away. I mean, what, really, is the point of an e-cigarette anyway?

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
11/30/2013 7:11:33 PM
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Re: just when you thought it was over
Ha! See, I'm not like you, @Rich. If I smoked again, I think I'd panic. Having spent so much effort to quit, albeit decades ago, I wouldn't want to take any chances on getting back on the bandwagon. No thanks!

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