|Way to Go Hawaii – For Raising Legal Smoking Age to 21!
By: Cindy Wendland
Hawaii is the first state to raise the legal smoking age to 21. It goes into effect January 1, 2016. This will also ban the sale, purchase or use of electronic cigarettes for those under the age of 21. It is a notable move and statement the governor is making.
Hawaii is our island state. It is beautiful terrain with beautiful weather and beautiful people. The governor is also declaring that it is a healthy state. They found that “in Hawaii, roughly nine out of 10 smokers start before the age of 21 and many report receiving cigarettes from friends or relatives of legal age.” By making smoking of any kind against the law, Hawaii is hoping to save lives and chart a better future for their children.
Being first makes you stand out. Hawaii is the first state to pass this law. It helps them be known for more than tourism. The governor wants Hawaii to be a great place to live, and this is one way to accomplish that. It is also significant that he included e-cigarettes in the law. It makes the law comprehensive and in touch with what youth are facing.
CVS stopped selling tobacco in their stores because they took a stand on health and now Hawaii is doing the same. Hawaii wants its youth to be free of tobacco, and this law is one step in accomplishing that goal. It’s good news and hopefully the beginning of a nationwide trend.
Cindy Wendland has a background in marketing and finance. She is the creative director for an online men's health magazine, BrainBrawnBody.com, and she gets to write their leisure/travel blog. She is also a web designer helping her clients with online community engagement, websitesbywendland.com. Prior to her web years, she worked in pharmacy consulting.
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