Hawaii raises smoking age to 21!

Hawaii raises smoking age to 21!

On Friday the governor of Hawaii signed a bill about raising the legal smoking age to 21. Hawaii becomes the first U. S. state to raising smoking age!

On Friday the governor of Hawaii signed a bill about raising the legal smoking age to 21. Hawaii becomes the first U. S. state to raising smoking age!

The new law will take effect on the first January, 2016. Along with the ban of smoking for those, who are younger that 21, the sale, purchase or use of electronic cigarettes will be also forbidden.

Besides, another bill was signed by the Governor David Ige on Friday. The second bill banned smoking as well as use of electronic cigarettes at beaches or state parks. Earlier it was forbidden to smoke in all city and county parks other than of Kaua’i County, stated the spokesperson for the Governor’s office.

Raising the minimum age as part of our comprehensive tobacco control efforts will help reduce tobacco use among our youth and increase the likelihood that our keiki (children) will grow up to be tobacco-free.

– stated the Governor David Ige.

The age of smoking was formerly raised to 21 in New York City, while other counties and stated set the legal age of smoking at 18. The handful of stated have set that age higher at 19.

During the recent months, there has been a push from the side of lawmakers to raise the legal smoking age to 21 in Washington state and California.

According to the governor’s office, the majority of smokers start under the age of 21. Many of questioned also reported that they received their first cigarette from friends or relatives while being kids or teens.

New York City and Hawaii County have already raised the smoking age to 21

New York City and Hawaii County have already raised the smoking age to 21

According to the researches announced by The Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, more than thousand and a half of human beings die annually of tobacco use, while its use costs approximately $526 million in medical bills in Hawaii.

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