Hawaii Passes Bill to Raise Legal Smoking Age to 21 for Buying Tobacco or E-Cigarettes

Hawaii’s state legislature has passed a bill that raises the minimum legal age to purchase tobacco or e-cigarettes to 21. If Governor David Ige signs the bill, Hawaii would become the first state in the nation to prohibit the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products to those under 21.

It is not clear whether Ige will sign the bill, CNN reports. Last week, he approved legislation that bans the use of e-cigarettes in all locations where smoking is illegal.

Currently, 46 states allow the sale of tobacco to anyone 18 or older. The legal age to purchase tobacco is 19 in Alabama, Alaska, New Jersey and Utah. The minimum age has been raised to 21 in dozens of cities and towns, including New York, the article notes.

Full story of Hawaii raising legal smoking age to 21 at drugfree.org

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