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Up in Smoke: Hawaii Wants to Ban Cigarettes Until Age 100

Hawaii was the first U.S. state to raise the minimum tobacco purchase age to 21, and now a proposed bill would set the bar even higher — to age 100. If passed, the law would be implemented annually in age increments until reaching the full age of 100 in 2024. According to CNN Health, the reason for applying the law gradually is to give state government a chance to wean itself off the tax revenue it currently gets from cigarette sales. The new law, if passed, would not apply to e-cigarettes, cigars or chewing tobacco.  The idea of banning smoking in this bizarre way would be much more laudable if it were being applied across the board to all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes (vaping) and cigars, as both these products also affect nonusing bystanders.  Read more...



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