California Lawmakers Considering Raising Smoking Age

California Lawmakers Considering Raising Smoking Age


To reduce the rate of smoking, a new bill has been introduced in California for increasing the legal smoking age from 18 to 21. California Senator Ed Hernandez has introduced the bill, known as SB 151, which is going through legislature and if it is passed, California would be the first state to raise the smoking age to 21.

The bill has been supported by the California Medical Association, the American Cancer Society and the American Lung Association but the bill is expecting strong opposition from the tobacco industry.  Ed Hernandez has stated “Tobacco companies know that people are more likely to become addicted to smoking if they start at a young age. We can no longer afford to sit on the sidelines while Big Tobacco markets to our kids and gets another generation of young people hooked on a product that will ultimately kill them.”

Kimberly Amazeen, vice president of the ALA in California, has informed that smoking claims over 40,000 lives in California every year and each year about 21,300 kids in the state start smoking. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S. California has been greatly supporting the anti-tobacco legislation and since San Luis Obispo became the first city in the world to ban public indoor smoking in 1990, California is considered as the pioneer of smoking bans. By 1998, almost all enclosed workplaces in the state encountered ban on smoking.

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Carolyn Martin has done her Masters in Chemical and Pharmaceutical Science and has been a part of The American Council on Science and Health, New York. She has been working as a chemist in drug discovery at several places for more than 11 years. Being graduated from the Virginia University, she has utilised her knowledge to explore the world of healthcare and medicines, so that she can contribute her portion for the society. Her writing style is heavily influenced with her background, where she brings out the best healthcare subjects along with the popular remedies, which can help the readers at times of need. Email :
  • Ron Bockman

    you’d think Senator Ed Hernandez would have something important to do

  • Rand0Mone

    …”Lawmakers Considering Raising Smoking Age”…
    That’ll really work. Ha! What it will really do is cause the younger generation to have yet another reason to justify cheating….because those who want to smoke _will_ cheat and will obtain cigarettes, and in their minds it will be justified.

  • Odin

    Don’t the police have better things to do?? How about on base at California military installations? I can see it now, some kid getting ready to ship out and being prohibited from smoking because it’s “bad for you”. I can’t respect this kind of inconsistency. Our lawmakers, from sea to shining sea, are losing their focus. I fear we are crumbling as a nation.

  • deathstroke

    How about we start giving 18 year olds full responsibility as adults. It makes no sense to strip rights away from people who are eligible voters. How does it make sense to tell someone that they can vote but they cannot smoke or drink? Of the three we entrust the most important freedom/responsibility to people at 18, so why not lesser freedom/responsibilities at the same age. Or are smoking and drinking more important than voting?