California Lawmakers to Raise the Legal Smoking Age to 21

January 31, 2015 2:26 PM

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On Thursday, Ed Hernandez, U.S. Senator for California from the Democratic party, proposed a bill that would raise the legal minimum smoking age from 18 to 21. Although, the initiative has strong support from public health groups, it already faces strong opposition from smokers’ rights groups and the tobacco industry.

Sen. Hernandez, who is a doctor too, felt morally obliged to introduce the new legislation by the alarming prevalence of tobacco use among California teenagers. The bill is backed by three major health organizations – the California Medical Association, the American Lung Association, and the America...

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