Hawaii about to be first state banning all teens from smoking


ASSOCIATED PRESS: Bill passes that would raise the legal age to possess and consume tobacco in all its forms to 21.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS: Bill passes that would raise the legal age to possess and consume tobacco in all its forms to 21.

The bill would prevent adolescents from smoking, buying or both possessing traditional and electronic cigarettes. Those caught breaking the rules would be fined $10 for the first offense. Subsequent offenses would lead to a $50 fine or mandatory community service.

“It’s definitely groundbreaking legislation,” said Jessica Yamauchi, executive director of the Coalition for a Tobacco Free Hawaii, which pushed for the bill. “It’s amazing to be the first state in something. That’s very exciting for us.”

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