Starting today, the new legal smoking age for traditional and electronic cigarettes in Hawaii is 21 (from 18). They’ve now become the first state in the nation to implement this law.
Public health officials are hoping that by making it more difficult for young people to get their hands on cigarettes, they will keep them from developing an unhealthy addiction.
“In Hawaii, about one in four students in high school try their first cigarette each year, and one in three who get hooked will die prematurely,” said Lola Irvin, administrator with the chronic disease prevention and health promotion division of the Hawaii Department of Health.
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