Hawaii First State To Raise Smoking Age to 21
Hawaii Gov. David Ige (D) on Friday signed legislation (SB 1030) raising the legal smoking age in the state to 21, making it the first state to do so. The law, which takes effect Jan. 1, 2016, also will bar people under age 21 from electronic cigarettes. Opponents of the measure said it limits choices for people considered adults in other contexts, such as joining the military or voting.
- "Hawaii Becomes First U.S. State To Raise Smoking Age to 21" (Skinner, Reuters, 6/20).