The California Senate has approved a new law that would require all citizens purchasing all tobacco-related products to be at least twenty-one (21) years of age. This brings the minimum requirement for being able to smoke cigarettes or use a tobacco vaporizer up three years, something that has only occurred in the state of Hawaii. Note that this does not have anything to do with marijuana, as it is still illegal to smoke in the state of California unless you have been approved for a medical marijuana card.
The law hasn’t fully gone into effect yet as Democratic Governor Jerry Brown has the final say. He has a little less than two weeks to make the decision but if he decides to pass this new law then it will go into effect immediately.
In 2006 the state of New Jersey raised the smoking age from 18 to 19 and just recently Hawaii rose the smoking age from 18 to 21. Everywhere else in the United States you must be 18 years of age with the only exception being military personnel who are able to smoke at any age, regardless of what state they are in. Medical marijuana is legal in 20 states while recreational marijuana is legal in 4. Yikes! It’s starting to get difficult to remember all of these ages. Can’t the country just decide on a common age for all of these products?
The reason this law may be passed is due to health reasons. State Senator Mark Leno (D) has this to say about the proposed law:
“This is about protecting our youth and the costs of public health.”
The only problem regarding this statement is there is no real difference between smoking at the age of 18 or the age of 21. Your body will still react negatively to the effects so if you’re trying to claim it’s for “health reasons” then the age should be much higher.
This law is mainly applicable to people under 21 years of age so if you fit into that age category then what are your thoughts on this? Should this new law be passed?