Hawaii is now the first state in the United States to raise the legal smoking age to 21, after Governor David Ige signed a bill on Friday. The law bans the sale of traditional and electronic cigarettes to anyone under the age of 21 in an attempt to curtail youth smoking; it is estimated that 86% of adult smokers in Hawaii started smoking before the age of 21.
Opponents state that it is unfair that 18-year-olds can serve in the military but not have the freedom to smoke if they do choose. The law will go into effect on January 1, 2016, with a $10 fine for the first offense and $50 or mandatory community service for additional violations.
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