California Stubs Out Smoking for Under-21’s
Starting June 9th, 18 to 20 year-olds will no longer be allowed to buy tobacco for smoking, dipping, chewing or vaping.
California Is Getting Even Tougher About Cracking Down On Smoking.
On Wednesday, California Governor Jerry Brown approved raising the legal age from 18 to 21.
Lawmakers and health advocates applauded the move and expect other states to follow California’s lead. Matthew Myers, president of Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, said:
“By increasing the tobacco age to 21, the nation’s largest state provides incredible momentum to similar efforts nationwide.”
According to The Guardian, Brown said he signed the measure along with four others restricting tobacco use in various ways.
Ktla.com, said the bills were touted as the “most expansive” effort to control tobacco use in the state in more than a decade and were backed by a coalition of medical groups including the American Heart Assn, American Lung Assn., American Cancer Society and the California Medical Assn.
Supporters of the law hope to deter adolescents from the harmful, sometimes fatal effects of nicotine addiction.
The Institute of Medicine reports that over 90% of today’s daily smokers began using tobacco before turning 19 years old.
In April, Hawaii became the first state in the nation to raise the legal smoking age to 21. More than 100 local jurisdictions around the country have also made the change, including New York, Chicago and San Francisco.
VIDEO: California Raises Legal Age To Buy Tobacco To 21
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sources: theguardian.com, wochit.com, youtube, ktla.com, abc7.com