Yesterday lawmakers in Hawaii passed a bill that will raise the legal smoking age to 21. This will make the state the first in the nation to do so. After clearing the house last week the bill passed the state senate by a 19-4 vote. The bill also includes the banning of the sale, purchase and use of e-cigarettes for anyone under the age of 21.
Democratic state Senator Rosalyn Baker, one of the bill’s sponsors, told the press: “The activities we’ve engaged in over the years to manage smoking, our additional efforts in education, the raising of cigarette taxes, this is a continuation of those policies.”