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It’s official: You must now be 21 to buy tobacco in California

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CALIFORNIA — The governor of California has raised the legal age to buy tobacco for smoking, dipping, chewing and vaping from 18 to 21.

Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown announced Wednesday, May 4th he signed a bill calling for the change.

Supporters of the law aimed to deter adolescents from the harmful, sometimes fatal effects of nicotine addiction. The Institute of Medicine reports 90 percent of daily smokers began using tobacco before turning 19.

Veterans organizations and Republican lawmakers in California objected to the bill, saying people old enough to die for their country are old enough to use tobacco.

Hawaii officials decided last April to become the first state in the nation to increase its legal smoking age to 21.

More than 100 local jurisdictions around the country have made the change, including New York, Chicago and San Francisco.


  • Opinion8d

    Great Job California….what does it matter. Most kids are smoking pot or using heroin as it’s easier to get and probably cheaper. Feeling good about that??!?!?!

  • Cs

    E smokes, vaping is 80% safer than average tar and nicotine smokes. I feel it is equal to natural smokes. To be 100% sure a private company for the public needs to test this scenario and factually show the public on tv and newspapers on facts. Not political correctness!

  • Cj

    It is sad that u r an adult and yet regulations over reach our constitution of what the vast Americans want, freedom of choice and no dictatorship as this is. Just like other regulations. Society goes back and forth of implementing and not. 10 -20 yrs it maybe changed back.

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