Some experts doubt it. As long as cig­a­rettes and other com­bustible tobacco prod­ucts are legal, it’s likely some people will smoke them. Efforts to pro­hibit them are likely to fail, they say. (Remember Prohibition?)

It’s hard to do a ban on cig­a­rettes because you’re taking some­thing away from people they have and are using. Once you have some­thing, you hold tight,” said Richard Day­nard, a North­eastern Uni­ver­sity law pro­fessor who focuses on tobacco issues.

Better, he said, to bar people from having a product in the first place. He is intrigued by legal efforts in Sin­ga­pore and a handful of other coun­tries to ban sales of tobacco to anyone born after a cer­tain year — 2000, say. That would be con­sti­tu­tional, he said. The ques­tion is: Would our cul­ture accept it?

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