The US state of Hawaii is proposing a law that would raise the legal age to buy cigarettes on the island to 100-years-old by the year 2024. With the state already sporting some of the strictest laws in effect when it comes to cigarette sales in the nation, it really comes as no surprise the raise is being suggested.
The author of the bill, Democrat Richard Creagan, is a doctor himself and has stated that it is his opinion that a more proactive stance needs to be taken to ban what he refers to as “the deadliest artifact in human history.”
In an interview with the Hawaii Tribune-Herald paper, Creagan stated:
“Basically, we essentially have a group who are heavily addicted—in my view, enslaved by a ridiculously bad industry—which has enslaved them by designing a cigarette that is highly addictive, knowing that it is highly lethal. And, it is.”
The law currently in place in Hawaii states that individuals wanting to purchase cigarettes must be 21 years of age or older. However, as said before Creagan feels the current age limit is too low. With his proposal, the legal cigarette purchasing age would rise to 30-years-old next year, to 40-years-old in 2021, to 50-years-old in 2022 and then 60-years-old in 2023. The proposal mandates that by 2024, the legal age to purchase cigarettes would be 100-years-old.
It is almost a sure bet that the residents of Hawaii who are cigarette smokers are not very happy with this proposal. To many, it seems more than excessive, and most feel that it will never make it into law. However, there are those on the other side of the issue, that feel this change has been too long in coming. With opponents on each side of the proposal, it will be fascinating to see how this all plays out—if it does at all.