Teens who smoke cigarettes are 14 times likelier than their counterparts who have never smoked to try marijuana, six times likelier to be able to buy marijuana in an hour or less and 18 times likelier to say most of their friends smoke marijuana.http://alcoholism.about.com/cs/pot/a/blcasa030916.htm
Now color me blundered, but by he logic of the gummint, wouldn't this make tobacco the "Gateway Drug"?
See, I pish-post the whole gateway drug argument as fallacious. As M. Doughty puts it, I say correlation is not causation. To me, the circumstances that make a teenager likely to smoke (or drink booze) are the same circumstances that make them more likely to try marijuana or harder drugs.
And now for something completely different:
Part of a new bill that has yet to go to the state senate would prohibit people from using their electronic welfare benefit cards from buying cigarettes and booze with them.
You know, I'm okay with that. You can't use food stamps to buy cigarettes and booze.
But I wonder how to enforce that with the electronic cards? You could do it at the checkout counter with food stamps because it requires human intervention of the cashier, but the cards don't. You can basically use them at a terminal like a check card. Each individual store would have to add programming to their terminal software to detect the use of the EBC card and disallow certain purchases.
Of course, you could make all cigarettes and booze to be cash-only purchases, like lottery tickets.