California Passes Law Increasing Legal Age for Purchasing and Using Tobacco

On May 4, 2016, California Governor, Jerry Brown signed a bill into law hence raising the minimum age of purchasing and using tobacco to 21 years. He signed the bill on Wednesday after it was presented to him. Had he refused to act on the bill, then it would have automatically passed into law the next day.

The bill has made it illegal for anyone below the age of 21 to buy or use tobacco. This includes smoking, chewing and vaping. Support from the bill came from those who seek to discourage tobacco use and addiction among the young people in the state. They view the law as a step forward in helping to curb nicotine addiction. Recent studies show that a huge percentage of chain smokers begin the habit before turning 19.

However, republican lawmakers and veterans’ organizations were against the implementation of the bill. They argued that young people over the age of 18 were old enough to make their own life decisions. The democratic governor was forced to act on the bill before the set deadline otherwise all six bills presented before him would have automatically passed into law.

The bills were passed by democratic lawmakers almost two months before they were presented to Governor Jerry Brown. The other bills touched on the regulation of electronic cigarettes, local tobacco taxes, establishment of annual license fees for tobacco, and the push to make charter schools tobacco free. Others sought to expand tobacco free workplaces.

Hawaii was the first state to pass a law that increased the legal age of purchasing and using tobacco to 21. Over 100 local jurisdictions have followed suit around the country.

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Originally published on Townhall: http://townhall.com/news/politics-elections/2016/05/04/the-latest-california-raises-legal-age-to-buy-tobacco-to-21-n2158327

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