In Hawaii It COULD Soon Be Illegal To Buy Smokes Until You're 100
Buying smokes at 18? Nope. 21? Nope! Try...100!
If a lawmaker gets his way, the legal age to purchase tobacco products in Hawaii will be raised to 100 years old in 5 years time.
State Rep. Richard Creagan, an emergency room doctor, introduced the new legislation, which actually calls for a phased ban on cigarette sales all together.
The legal age for purchase would raise from the current age 21 to 30 by next year, then up to 40, 50 and 60 in each following year, until it's raised to 100 by 2024.
The raised age limit would NOT apply to e-cigarettes, cigars or chewing tobacco.
The legislation does note the $100 million that Hawaii gets each year from cigarette sales taxes, hoping that the slow increase in legal age for purchase can give Hawaii time to find ways to adjust to the lost tax revenue. (via CNN)