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Twenty-One and You

January 8, 2020

Media specialist Billy Aouste and editor and research fellow Chris Talgo discuss recent laws banning activities until the age of 21. These include both smoking and vaping across the nation, and females stripping in Reno, Nevada.

Recently, two separate pieces of legislation went into affect that upped the age of activities from 18 to 21. First, President Donald Trump signed into law a ban on the sale of tobacco and vaping products effective immediately. Secondly, the city of Reno, Nevada - "The Biggest Little City in the World" - put a stop to women performing in "gentleman's clubs" which brought about an impending lawsuit. 

Both of these cases show coddling by an invasive government looking to halt activities done by legal, consenting adults who, unless otherwise proved, know what they are getting into. Despite the government singling these out, other activities such as joining the army, getting married, or working dangerous jobs remain set at the legal adulthood age of 21. Media specialist Billy Aouste and editor and research fellow Chris Talgo discuss why these laws should not exist and the impact they have on the liberty of Americans who engage in such activity. The demographic may be small, but the implications for rights across the board are wide and varied.

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Billy Aouste is the new media specialist for The Heartland Institute.
baouste@heartland.org @HeartlandInst
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Chris Talgo is editor & research fellow with The Heartland Institute