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Old enough to vote but not smoke?

A new bill by Sen. Ed Hernandez, D-Azusa, would raise the smoking age in California to 21.
A new bill by Sen. Ed Hernandez, D-Azusa, would raise the smoking age in California to 21. The Associated Press

Re “Bill would raise California smoking age to 21” (Capitol Alert, Jan. 29): On the one hand we place a great deal of faith in 18-year-olds to grasp the complexities inherent in voting for local, state and national leaders, plus initiatives. On the other, we perceive them as not bright enough to decide whether to smoke despite 18 years of warnings from parents, teachers, doctors, public service announcements and on the package itself. I’m confused.

Roy W. Hecteman, El Dorado Hills

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