California Senate Is Seeking To Raise The Smoking Age To 21

Image: KCRA

Image: KCRA

California lawmakers just voted today to make our nation’s most populous state to raise the smoking age from 18 to 21.

It will only take Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown to sign off on the legislation the Senate approved to make California the first state after Hawaii with a higher age limit than 18. The governor has yet to comment on the subject.

The bill does not limit itself to tobacco products, it will also restrict the use of electronic cigarettes. These devices are not in any regulation of the federal government.

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Image: Tech-Times

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Sometimes, the good ends up defeating the evil! The proposed age limit was fought intensely by lobbying tobacco companies and republicans. Their argument was that the state should not be involved in people’s personal decisions even if they lead to death.

“With California having such a huge population, it’s going to be very impactful nationwide,” said Cathy Callaway, associate director of state and local campaigns for the American Cancer Society.

Hawaii was the first state to raise the age limit statewide.

Article: ABC News