In a bid to curb teen smoking, Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced that he has plans to raise the legal smoking age to 21. If the legislation is passed, Washington would be the first state in the country to have such a rule. 21 would be the legal age for purchasing and possessing tobacco and vapor products here, with the goal of restricting access to teens and lowering healthcare expenses.
More than 90 percent of smokers began before age 20, according to a 2012 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services report. Reportedly, 10% of high school sophomores across the state are smokers. There are some parents who welcome the move while others see it as another overreaching of government.