Hawaii Lawmaker Proposes Ban On Cigarette Sales To Anyone UNDER 100 YEARS OLD

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A Big Island lawmaker has proposed incrementally increasing the minimum age to buy cigarettes, leading to a practical ban across Hawaii.

Democratic state Rep. Richard Creagan proposed legislation aimed at making the state the first in the country to ban the sale of cigarettes for everyone except people age 100 and over, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported Sunday.

Under his bill, the minimum smoking age would increase to 30 in 2020, to 40 in 2021, to 50 in 2022, to 60 in 2023 and to 100 in 2024.

The measure would not apply to e-cigarettes, cigars or chewing tobacco.

Creagan said taxes and other regulations have slowed down tobacco use, but have not stopped the problem.

“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 said.

Creagan said he started smoking as a teenager and did so regularly during his medical residency. The state is obligated to “protect the public’s health,” he said.

“This is more lethal, more dangerous than any prescription drug, and it is more addicting,” Creagan said. “In my view, you are taking people who are enslaved from a horrific addiction, and freeing people from horrific enslavement. We, as legislators, have a duty to do things to save people’s lives. If we don’t ban cigarettes, we are killing people.”

The measure is expected to be heard by a state House committee this week.

Hawaii is one of only a few states that do not allow the sale of cigarettes to anyone under age of 21.

(AP)

7 COMMENTS

  1. Wow! So pot is going legal while cigarettes are being banned! Who would have thought?
    Actually I don’t smoke either but I find that second hand cigarette smoke bothers me far more.

  2. Excellent idea. If tobacco were introduced today, without the long-standing political and financial backing of a huge industry, it would be banned. Of course I’m biased, because both of my parents were niftar from smoking related cancer. (Second-hand smoke kills too.) I’m an ex-smoker, and I can tell you that it’s one of the hardest addictions to kick – supposedly more so than heroin. (Fentanyl I’ve read is another matter.) Smoking is the number-one cause of preventable deaths in this country.

    So why on earth do we allow our kids to try cigarettes on Purim? Every time I see a precious yingeleh or bochur puffing away I want to scream out, “Stop!” Where are the parents? Would you allow your child to sample rat poison? And if you smoke yourself, get help to quit, so you won’t ch”v be burying any of your family members from “second-hand lung cancer.”

  3. People aren’t going to quit unless they want to quit… they’ll find other ways get cigs or they’ll find a different addiction….