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Would you buy a pack of cigarettes for a teenager?

Discussion in 'Tobacco / Nicotine' started by Lizel, Jul 28, 2015.

  1. Lizel

    Lizel Community Champion

    If a lets say 16 year old teenager asked you if you could buy him/her a pack of cigarettes if he/she would pay you would you buy them for him/her? I asked a few people in the past, usually young men to buy me cigarettes and they would always do it.
  2. JonnyMacdonald

    JonnyMacdonald Community Champion

    Hell no. I wouldn't even consider it, and I would rebuff the young person for even asking me.
    Although... I would have asked when I was younger but thing was I didn't have to. That was along time ago when the age was actually 16, but you could easily get smokes from vending machines and people were rarely carded ever.
  3. Lizel

    Lizel Community Champion

    Cigarettes from vending machines? I've never seen a vending machine that sells cigarettes. That's a total surprise for me.
  4. sazzydan

    sazzydan Active Contributor

    I would not even think about it. It would be a straight no from me. Teenagers tend to smoke because they think it is cool, but in actual fact it is far from it! I do not condone people who buy any substance for minors at all and it is illegal!

    As for the comment about vending machines, there are a few left in pubs casinos etc, but they are not used half as much as they used to be!
  5. FuZyOn

    FuZyOn Community Champion

    I wouldn't even consider buying him a pack of cigarettes. Instead, I would sit him down and explain what an ex-addict like me went through in hopes that he will reconsider smoking cigarettes in the future.
    Nowadays though teenagers get cigarettes from stores even if they're underage, so there's that.
  6. Eashow10

    Eashow10 Member

    This question is not just one of legality but one of ethical morality. I would rather they not smoke at all. Setting a child up for a lifetime of addiction is ethically unsound. I believe cigarettes and alcohol are the true gateway drugs and should be treated as thus.
  7. Lizel

    Lizel Community Champion

    Thanks for sharing you're opinion with us. How does such a vending machine work? I mean I know how a typical one works, but you must prove that you're 18 years old in order to get that pack of cigarettes out of that vending machine, right?
  8. Lizel

    Lizel Community Champion

    As from my experience, other's experiences due to smoking don't really effect that teenager that wants to smoke.
    If he/she really wants to smoke he/she will eventually get that cigarette out of pure curiosity.
  9. akko

    akko Member

    Absolutely not. This would only motivate the teenager to smoke and tobacco is still a serious and dangerous substance. Highly addictive and also causes a great risk of lung cancer. I would not go as far as to lecture the teenager but would not encourage this in any way.
  10. rightct

    rightct Community Champion

    Why would I do it? Come on, he's too young for that. I don't want to be responsible if he starts smoking and then develops some bad health issues as a result. I remember that I used to be just like him... a little kid, wanting to experience new things. Though those gave me a really hard time.
  11. JonnyMacdonald

    JonnyMacdonald Community Champion
    Many people asked!
    When I was young they were just standard vending machines, no fancy ID reader.
    BUT they were always located in bars and restaurants in my time, so the onus was on the bartender to ensure kids didn't use them.
    But honestly, no one cared. Cigarettes we just another thing, it wasn't a big deal if a teenager bought them. Half the time they would just say "oh dad ran out and sent me to the store!"
  12. juanperez1990

    juanperez1990 Active Contributor

    Of course not. Not only is it ethically wrong, it is also illegal and you can get in a whole lot of trouble if you get caught.
  13. bsthebenster

    bsthebenster Community Champion

    Well, it is illegal. If not for that, then maybe, if they were already hooked. I mean, if it were my son and I knew he had been smoking for years as was a year or two out from being old enough, then I'd buy him a pack to spare him the trouble of being in withdrawal all day.
  14. deanokat

    deanokat Community Organizer Community Listener

    @Lizel... You must be pretty young. ;)

    When I first started smoking, I bought all of my cigarettes from the vending machine in the lobby of the neighborhood bowling alley, which was just a block or so from my school. No ID needed. Just some change. (And yes, we had running water and cars back then.)
  15. deanokat

    deanokat Community Organizer Community Listener

    Oh, and to answer the question asked in this thread... I would never buy a pack of cigarettes for a teenager.
  16. missbishi

    missbishi Community Champion

    I'd always get them from vending machines too - either that or persuade my older brother to buy me a pack. You only had to be 16 years old in those days though and it wasn't long before I could buy them myself.
  17. Tremmie

    Tremmie Community Champion

    No, is not ok to buy cigarettes for a teenager. It'd be a bit tough to simple say no and walk away, but if I said yes I'd not like to think I am contributing so that kid becomes addicted to cigarettes. Those things are nasty! They are like poison that slowly kills you, and that is why I feel terrible to know my fiance smokes 5-6 cigarettes (probably more but he is lying to me) a day.
  18. 6up

    6up Community Champion

    I would not buy even if they offer to pay me some money. Youth under 18years can never buy cigarettes at the kiosk as it is prohibited by law. If I am caught buying for a teenager cigarettes then I will be taken to a court of law.
  19. anorexorcist

    anorexorcist Community Champion

    I don't think so, even when once I was on their situation and I know that they are desperate, I wouldn't do it... I know that are going to get that pack of cigarettes somehow, but I don't want to contribute to it. And you're right, a lot of people buy packs for teenagers, and this has to be changed but a lot of people don't see cigarettes as something that dangerous.
  20. sonia11

    sonia11 Senior Contributor

    Nope. First off, it's illegal and you could get into a whole mess of trouble for supplying a controlled substance to a minor. Second, I don't believe in smoking. Third, it's not like the kid is starving. They'll be fine without the smokes.