California raised to 21 the legal age for smoking
WASHINGTON The state government of California (USA) today raised from 18 to 21 the legal age to smoke, as part of a legislative package. that also regulate electronic cigarettes, the Los Angeles Times reported.
After approval by the state last March 10 Senate, the bill was only awaiting final signature of the governor of California, Democrat Jerry Brown, who initialed today the new standard.
Thus, California, the most populous state in the country with 39 million inhabitants, joined Hawaii, which also put the limit at 21 years, to become the two states across the United States with that required for higher smoking age.
This new package of measures on snuff was approved despite the rejection of most Republican lawmakers.
Sen. Ed Hernandez, who was driving the initiative to raise smoking age, said in March that the measure will save lives because it will cause fewer teens start to use snuff.
He also said that the “fierce” opposition from the tobacco industry this bill shows that its business model is based on “market and sell this poison to our children.”
Also, the California regulation on electronic cigarettes prohibit its use in restaurants, theaters, cinemas and other public places where traditional snuff was already vetoed.