Hilo, Hawaii – A Big Island legislature has proposed a step-by-step increase in the minimum age to buy cigarettes until, for any practical purpose, a ban on their sale in Hawaii.
Hawaii Tribune-Herald Reports The Democratic State Rep. Richard Creagan has proposed legislation aimed at making the state the first to ban the sale of cigarettes.
According to his account, the smallest back age will increase to 30 by 2020, 40 by 2021, 50 by 2022, 60 by 2023 and 100 by 2024.
The measure would not apply to e-cigarettes, cigars or chewing tobacco.
Creagan, a doctor, said taxes and other provisions have slowed down cigarette use, but have not stopped it and he wants to get them off the shelves.
He told the newspaper that he did not believe his legislation exceeded. The state is obliged to "protect the health of the population," he said.
Today, Hawaii allows to sell to anyone who is 21
"We basically have a group that is heavily dependent – in my opinion, slaves of a ridiculously bad industry – who have beaten them by designing a cigarette that is highly addictive, knowing that it is very mortal And that's, "says Tribune-Herald to Creagan.
He said the bill is structured the way it is to help its chances of surviving court challenges.