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Washington Post reports Hawaii raises smoking age to 21

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A June 25, 2015 article by The Washington Post reports that Hawaii has raised the smoking age to 21. This comes after lawmakers were alarmed by quickly rising e-cigarette use by teenagers.

  • 29% of 9th and 10th graders in Hawaii have used an electronic smoking device and 18% use them regularly.
  • Author notes that raising the smoking age to 21 puts cigarettes out of reach of high school circles.
  • The federal government’s Institute of Medicine report estimates that raising the smoking age to 21 would lead to a 12 percent decrease for adults who start smoking as youth.
  • Hawaii is the first U.S. state to pass such legislation.

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