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    Smoking, Age and the Freedom to Choose

    “Sorry, you’re not old enough.” We’ve heard this dreaded phrase our entire lives. It starts out innocent enough. First you don’t meet the height requirements for the big kid roller coaster at the amusement park. Then you can’t get into a rated R movie without your Mom tagging along. Then you’re 18, an adult, even though your maturity may suggest otherwise. You can enlist in the military, buy a lotto ticket, vote and get a tattoo — among other rites of passage. Still, you have to wait until you’re 21 to buy alcohol and soon enough tobacco. The New York City Council voted to raise the tobacco buying age from…