What is the drinking age in Hawaii

Hawaii becomes the first state to raise the age limit for nicotine consumption to 21 years

11.01.2016

As early as June 2015, Governor David Ige signed the law that does not allow the purchase and possession of conventional and e-cigarettes until the age of 21. "We are proud to once again lead the way in tobacco prevention and control," commented Dr. Virginia Pressler, the state's health secretary, in a statement. And it is a fitting step for a state that is consistently one of the healthiest in America.

With this age increase by law, the Hawaiian government hopes to make it more difficult for young people to start smoking. Hawaii is the first state to raise the age for cigarette smoking - both "normal" and e-cigarettes - to 21 years. The new law came into force on January 1, 2016.

"In Hawaii, about a quarter of high school students try their first cigarette every year, and one in three people who become addicted dies prematurely," said Lola Irvin of the Hawaii Department of Health. 95% of adult smokers in the US start using nicotine before they turn 21, according to the department. E-cigarettes have been included in the legislation as the number of schoolchildren using them has quadrupled over the past four years, reaching 22% of young people in 2015.

Under the new law, the sale of cigarettes, e-cigarettes or other tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21 can be penalized with fees of between $ 500 (about € 464) and $ 2,000 (about € 1,858). In addition, any minor caught buying or possessing such products can be fined between $ 10 (about € 9.30) and $ 50 (about € 46.40) as well as community service.

There will be a three month grace period for people to get used to the new laws. During this time, warnings and no fines will be issued. In the United States, more than 100 cities and counties have raised the age limit for smoking to 21, including New York City.

Source: HealthDay, Huffington Post