Washington State Raises Smoking Age to 21 (Tobacco, E-Cigarettes, Vapes)

Now if we could just get rid of tobacco all together!

Washington State has joined almost a dozen states that passed a law raising the smoking and vaping age in to 21 years old.

Governor Jay Inslee signed legislation Friday raising the smoking and vaping age in Washington to 21 years old.

The measure raises the legal age to purchase tobacco, e-cigarettes, and vape products and penalizes anyone who sells to underage buyers.

"We know the scourge of nicotine addiction and tobacco products has caused," Inslee said at the bill signing. "We know that 95% of smokers start that dangerous behavior before age 21. This bill is going to save thousands of lives in the state of Washington."

Washington becomes the ninth state to raise the smoking age, following California, Hawaii, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Utah, Virginia and Oregon, in addition to Guam. The Illinois Legislature has also passed similar legislation, but it hasn’t been signed into law yet.

"This will be a silent victory over a deadly disease," Inslee said. - King5

 
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