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Marine recruit supports Tobacco 21 in DL

As A Marine Corps recruit and someone who has smoked for two years (starting when I was 16), I absolutely support raising the tobacco age to 21. I guarantee it would lower the number of high school smokers. I graduated this year and didn't turn 18 until after school was over, and while it was difficult, I could get cigarettes from older students.

If the age is raised to 21, I (and everyone I hung out with that used tobacco) almost certainly would not have been able to get any tobacco products and most of us wouldn't have started in the first place. I wish I would have never started. Especially now since I can't smoke when I go to basic training. That's a Marine Corps regulation to help with military fitness and readiness.

I believe T21 will be good for teens in Detroit Lakes now and will have a strong positive impact on kids that are soon to be teenagers. Raising the tobacco age to 21 is a good idea and should be enacted.—Lars Norstebon, Frazee