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Legal Smoking Age in Hawaii Could be Increased to 100

The bill introduced in the state senate wants to eventually do away with all cigarette smoking in the state

February 04, 2019 - 3:54 pm
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The state of Hawaii could ban cigarette sales if a current bill is passed.

The legislation would gradually raise the age someone can buy cigarettes. The minimum age would go to 30 years old in 2020, 40 in 2021, 50 in 2022, 60 in 2023 and 100 years old in 2024. 

The new law would not apply to e-cigs, chewing tobacco or cigars. 

It was proposed by Democratic state Rep. Richard Creagan, who is also a physician. 

"Basically, we essentially have a group who are heavily addicted — in my view, enslaved by a ridiculously bad industry — which has enslaved them by designing a cigarette that is highly addictive, knowing that it highly lethal. And, it is," Creagan told the Tribune-Herald.

Hawaii's current law bans sales of cigarettes to anyone under the age of 21.