California Bills Would Raise Smoking Age to 21, Treat E-Cigarettes Like Tobacco

The California Senate will consider a package of anti-smoking measures Thursday that would raise the smoking age to 21 and classify e-cigarettes as tobacco products, theĀ Associated Press reports.

If the measures are approved by the Senate and signed by Governor Jerry Brown, California would become the second state, after Hawaii, to increase the legal age for purchasing cigarettes from 18 to 21.

Advocates for the measures could not gather enough support to include a cigarette tax increase, the article notes. Groups including the American Cancer Society are seeking to qualify a cigarette tax initiative for the November 2016 ballot. The initiative would raise the cigarette tax from $0.87 to $2 a pack.

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