Hawaii, as the first US state, introduces a 21-year age limit on purchasing and use of tobacco. The law also covers the use of e-cigarettes.
The age limit will be raised from 18 years on January 1 next year, writes Hawaii News Now.
- Prohibiting anyone under 21 years of age to acquire or use tobacco, is a step to reduce the impact smoking has on our society, said Gov. David Ige when he signed the law Friday.
Approximately nine out of ten smokers start smoking before the age of 21, and according to to a campaign against smoking, smoking kills approximately 1,400 people annually in Hawaii.
The amendment is non-retroactive, so a 18-year-old who can smoke now, will not be able to do so from the beginning of the year.
A report from the US Institute of Medicine published earlier this year, estimates that the lives of nearly 250,000 of today's young American can be saved from an early death of cigarette use, if the age limit of smoking is raised to 21 years across the country.
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