New California Law Raises Age Limit for Smoking to 21 + Throws E-Cigs Under The Bus

Find the shadiest liquor store and become friends with them because California’s new smoking age limit law goes into effect today! And for all you E-Cig enthusiasts, we’re sorry to be the bearer of bad news.

Effective today, the minimum age of sale of tobacco products in California increases from 18 to 21, and for the first time e-cigarettes are added to the existing definition of tobacco products. California is the second state in the nation, following Hawaii, to raise the minimum age for tobacco sales to 21.

The writer of the bill, state Sen. Ed Hernandez, claims that there will be a “significant drop” in tobacco use statewide. But of course, some people have to get their fix and newly found tobacco users under the age of 21 will have to wait.

“I think tomorrow is a proud example of California taking the lead to protect our kids and stand up to big tobacco,” said Mike Roth, spokesperson for Save Lives California.

Newswire commented, “It’s a good law, because 90% of smokers become addicted before reaching age 19. After that age, it’s unlikely they will ever start. As to e-cigarettes, they have nicotine which makes them highly addictive – and since 2011, the rate of e-cigarette use among high school youth has skyrocketed by an astonishing 900%.”

Though a lot of angry San Franciscans are questioning the right to smoke vs the right to join the army, “To me this is crazy!!! I can’t believe how stupid this is!! The person can go to the army and can’t even pick up a cigarette after a long day!! It is fucking insane!!!” said Pearl So.

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Written by Anthony Rogers, images sourced openly from SF Gov — Get to know your community daily. Do e-cigs impact you in any way? Read up on it.

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