A cigarette ban could go into effect in Hawaii. They would be the first nation to ban smokes completely. The idea about the ban came from a plan that wants to raise the legal smoking age in the state to 100.
Doctor and democratic state Rep. Richard Creagan is sponsoring legislation with Republican Rep. Cynthia Thielen and fellow Democrat Rep. John M. Mizuno this year. They want to raise the age increment on smoking to age 30 in 2020, 40 in 2021, 50 in 2022 and, finally, 100 in 2024.
There will be exemptions on items such as electronic cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco, and other alternatives. Through the bill was introduced to the nation Jan 24. It remains on hold after a vote from the Hawaii house.
The bill states that the cigarette has become one of the deadliest artifacts in all of human history. Also, cigarettes kill at least half of those who smoke them on a long-term basis. According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there has been a nationwide decline when it comes to cigarette use.
Cigarette Ban In Hawaii Leads To New Laws In The Making
Even with use being on the decline, Creagen believes there is a need for a ban on smoking cigarettes. In reports, he says he knew there would be push back, however, he and the plans co-sponsors remain committed to the law.
For years now, Hawaii has been a front runner when it comes to fighting against smoking. They were the first state to raise the legal smoking age to 21 in 2016. There was also an expansion on ordinances in the state. States such as California, Massachusetts, Oregon, New Jersey, have raised the legal age of smoking. Three hundred fifty cities and towns have done so as well.