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Illegal to Purchase Legal to Use Cigarette smoking is the single most important cause of preventable illness and premature death in Canada Reducing tobacco usage among youth is the best hope for long-term reduction in lung cancer - The Canadian Lung Association Certain laws are made to prohibit certain actions The fact that persons under the age of 19 in Ontario may not purchase cigarettes indirectly implies they may not smoke cigarettes before the age of 19 This law is obviously a useless deterrent because the vast majority of smokers begin smoking between the ages of 15 to 19 signaling a refusal to abide by the boundaries set in place If the law was changed so that people under 19 found smoking cigarettes whether they purchased them or not would be punished Much the same way the sellers are punished for selling to underage smokers This would be a real deterrent and it would result in a greater amount of people being careful about their actions and therefore reduce the number or smokers down the line It doesnt make sense to allow teenagers to smoke cigarettes but to purchase them is illegal The penalty for purchasing cigarettes before the age of 19 should be the same for any underage person smoking a cigarette The act of purchasing is one that is completed in order to utilize whatever was purchased If this is the case it can be assumed that any person buying cigarettes is going to smoke them When a person under the age of 19 is banned from buying cigarettes it is effectively banning them from smoking This deterrent is only useful when the law is enforced A recent study showed that only 46 of underage cigarette purchasers were asked their age This indicates that stricter policies must come into effect that will prevent teens from smoking One of the reasons adolescents start smoking in the first place is because they
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