Hawaii is considering a bill that bans cigarette sales to anyone under 100

Hawaii is considering a bill that bans cigarette sales to anyone under 100

It is worth no mention the beginning of the XXI century was marked by the widespread attack on tobacco smoking. Against tobacco smoking, people give amazing ideas and contribute, depending on the region of the world, to the tobacco-free company. The Hawaii’s State House has proposed a bill that would gradually raise the minimum smoking age to 100, which could effectively make Hawaii the first state to outlaw the sale of cigarettes.

Under the proposals, the bill seeks to incrementally raise the age to legally purchase cigarettes each year. The age would rise to 30 in 2020, 40 in 2021, 50 in 2022, 60 in 2023, and then jump from 60 to 100 in 2024.

The age limit would not apply to cigars, electronic cigarettes or chewing tobacco. It is only the beginning that’s hard to get over.

The bill notes that Hawaii “is suffering from its own addiction to cigarettes in the form of the large sums of money that the State receives from state cigarette sales taxes,” to the tune of $100 million annually. One reason for the law’s staggered rollout is to give the state time to find ways to adjust for the lost cigarette tax revenue.

Our readers may think that there is a somehow curious situation. However, smokers in Hawaii, most likely, do not think so. The US Federal law requires states to set the minimum tobacco-purchasing age at 18. Hawaii has some of the most restrictive cigarette laws in the nation. In 2016, it became the first state to raise the age to buy cigarettes to 21.

That would effectively clear Hawaii’s store shelves of cigarettes, although tourists could still bring them in, or, Hawaiians could still buy cigarettes in other US states. Yes, most likely they could. However, it would not minimize the inventive contribution of Hawaiian legislators to the fight against nicotine addiction.

Finally, the news on tobacco control from our neighbors in the region – Kyrgyzstan. A group of deputies of the Kyrgyz parliament enforces a bill on a total ban on smoking inside all buildings except residential buildings, the media source informs. That is, the deputies propose to ban smoking in all public and working places in the country, including public transport and public catering. Quite strict, but necessary measure. In any case, people’s health is more valuable. We wish success to our neighbors, and to all who decided to give up smoking.