Lawmakers Work Towards Raising Legal Smoking Age in California

January 31, 2015 11:25 AM

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The alarmingly high prevalence of tobacco product use among teenagers has caused Californian lawmakers such as Senator Ed Hernandez to consider increasing the legal smoking age in the state. As a result, he introduced legislation that would increase the legal smoking age from 18 to 21.

Senator Hernandez’s vision is shared by the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network Senior Director, Tim Gibbs. Gibbs explains that Big Tobacco is aware that a whopping 90% of current adult smokers took up the habit while still in their teens. Consequently, a bill that would change the legal...

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