Hawaii Makes History by Passing Bill to Increase Age of Sale for Tobacco Products to 21

This bold step will reduce smoking among young people, save lives and help make the next generation tobacco-free.

Hawaii made history with final passage of legislation to prohibit the sale of tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21. The bill now goes to Governor David Ige, whose signature will make Hawaii the first state in the nation to raise the tobacco sale age to 21. This bold step will reduce smoking among young people, save lives and help make the next generation tobacco-free.

Hawaii lawmakers have listened to the state’s voters and youth and acted to improve the state’s health for generations to come.  Hawaii joins at least 64 cities and counties in seven states that have raised the tobacco age of sale to 21. There has been growing momentum in support of such action, with statewide bills under consideration in California, Washington, New Jersey and elsewhere. Hawaii has provided a tremendous boost for these efforts.

Increasing the sale age to 21 will reduce tobacco use among youth and young adults – age groups when nearly all smoking begins and that are heavily targeted by the tobacco industry.

We know that 95 percent of adult smokers began smoking before they turned 21, and tobacco companies spend $27.4 million annually in Hawaii to market their deadly and addictive products. Raising the tobacco sale age to 21 will help counter the industry’s efforts to target young people at a critical time when many move from experimenting with tobacco to regular smoking. It will also help keep tobacco out of high schools, where younger teens often obtain tobacco products from older students.

For more info please visit : www.tobaccofreekids.org/hawaii 

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