Hawaii Considers Cigarette Sales Ban for Anyone Under Age 100 - NBC10 Boston
National & International News
The day’s top national and international news

Hawaii Considers Cigarette Sales Ban for Anyone Under Age 100

Hawaii is one of only a few states that do not allow the sale of cigarettes to anyone under age of 21

Find NBC Boston in your area

Channel 10 on most providers

Channel 15, 60 and 8 Over the Air

    processing...

    NEWSLETTERS

    Hawaii Considers Cigarette Sales Ban for Anyone Under Age 100
    Peter Dazeley/Getty Images, File
    "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 highly lethal. And, it is," Democratic state Rep. Richard Creagan said.

    A Big Island lawmaker has proposed incrementally increasing the minimum age to buy cigarettes, leading to a practical ban across Hawaii.

    Democratic state Rep. Richard Creagan proposed legislation aimed at making the state the first in the country to ban the sale of cigarettes for everyone except people age 100 and over, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported Sunday.

    Under his bill, the minimum smoking age would increase to 30 in 2020, to 40 in 2021, to 50 in 2022, to 60 in 2023 and to 100 in 2024.

    The measure would not apply to e-cigarettes, cigars or chewing tobacco.

    Police Releases Body Cam Footage of 12-Year-Old's Arrest

    [NATL] Sacramento Police Releases Body Cam Footage of 12-Year-Old's Arrest

    Sacramento Police released footage captured on two body cameras of a seven minute arrest of a 12-year-old boy in Sacramento.

    (Published 2 hours ago)

    Creagan said taxes and other regulations have slowed down tobacco use, but have not stopped the problem.

    "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 highly lethal. And, it is," Creagan said.

    Creagan said he started smoking as a teenager and did so regularly during his medical residency. The state is obligated to "protect the public's health," he said.

    "This is more lethal, more dangerous than any prescription drug, and it is more addicting," Creagan said. "In my view, you are taking people who are enslaved from a horrific addiction, and freeing people from horrific enslavement. We, as legislators, have a duty to do things to save people's lives. If we don't ban cigarettes, we are killing people."

    The measure is expected to be heard by a state House committee this week.

    Hawaii is one of only a few states that do not allow the sale of cigarettes to anyone under age of 21. 

    Tornadoes, Severe Storms Sweep Missouri, Killing 3

    [NATL] Tornadoes, Severe Storms Sweep Missouri, Killing 3

    Three people died and two dozen others were injured in Missouri overnight after severe storms and tornadoes touched down on the state, ripping apart cars, homes and businesses. Meanwhile, storms and floods have swelled rivers and endangered other states in the Midwest.

    (Published 5 hours ago)