Hawaii has become the first state of US to increase the legal smoking age to 21 all over the state and Hawaii’s governor has also signed a bill in this regard.
This law will be effective from Jan 1, 2016 and will ban the sale, purchase or use of cigarettes as well as electronic cigarettes to the consumers under 21.
“Raising the minimum age as part of our comprehensive tobacco control efforts will help reduce tobacco use among our youth and increase the likelihood that our children will grow up to be tobacco-free”, Governor David Ige said in a statement.
Governor Ige also signed another bill banning smoking and e-cigarette use at state parks and beaches, acts already banned in all city and county parks other than of Kaua’I County, according to his office.
Most US states set the legal smoking age at 18, while a handful have set it higher at 19. Some cities and counties, including New York City and Hawaii County have already raised the smoking age to 21.
Law makers in Washington and California have also pushed to raise the legal smoking age to 21 in recent months.