California raises smoking age to 21 – CNN.com

Only politicians would come up with this solution to the quandary:

The initial [California] bill made it illegal for everyone under the age of 21 to buy tobacco products, but some argued if 18-year-olds can be drafted or volunteer to fight and die for their country, they should be allowed to buy tobacco products.

A stipulation was later added to exempt active duty military personnel 18 and over.

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