Resolution in Opposition to the Federal Government Criminalizing or Mandating the Appropriate Age of an Individual to Purchase or Use Tobacco Products

Summary

This resolution recognizes that states should determine the appropriate age to purchase and use tobacco products, rather than the federal government.

Resolution in Opposition to the Federal Government Criminalizing or Mandating the Appropriate Age of an Individual to Purchase or Use Tobacco Products

Resolution in Opposition to the Federal Government Criminalizing or Mandating the Appropriate Age of an Individual to Purchase or Use Tobacco Products

Whereas, currently there are approximately 4,500 federal criminal statutes and roughly 300,000 federal regulations with criminal penalties and new federal crimes unrelated to reducing crime rates should not be created; and

Whereas, a criminal record presents a significant obstacle to an individual’s ability to obtain employment, housing, and education, particularly given the proliferation of mechanisms for performing far-reaching background checks; and

Whereas, states have traditionally determined the age for an individual to legally purchase and use tobacco products; and

Whereas, states have historically determined the legal age requirements for everything from marriage to contract law; and

Whereas, a federal law raising the age to above 18-years-old for an individual to legally purchase and obtain tobacco products would mean that individuals required to register for the draft and serve in the U.S. Armed Forces would be prevented from purchasing tobacco products; and

Whereas, the federal government should not place mandates or commandeer the states to adopt policies against the will of a state; and

Whereas, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is committed to developing effective policies and empowering state lawmakers to make sound policy choices for their constituents; and

Therefore Be It Resolved, that the federal government should not criminalize tobacco use and that the states rather than the federal government should determine the age at which an individual should be able to purchase or use tobacco products.