Not one and two politicians worldwide have failed in their attempts to fight with smoking. The Hawaii lawmakers learned their lessons and came up with a rather innovative idea to limit the cigarette smoke.
They have introduced a bill to ban the sale of cigarettes to anyone who is below... One hundred years of age by 2024.
The man behind the idea, the local Democratic representative Richard Creagan pointed out that ''the state is obliged to protect public health. Creagan also explained that the bill seeks to gradually increase the legal age of buying cigarettes to 30 by 2020, 40 in 2021, 50 in 2022, 60 in 2023, and 100 in 2024. The House Health Committee will hear the bill later this week.
Creagan, who is an emergency doctor by profession, noted that smoking was more dangerous and lethal than any prescription drug. It is worth mentioning that despite his position on smoking tobacco, Creagan is not against the legalization of marijuana. In his view, smoking it does not bring as serious health risks as smoking tobacco.
Commenting on the previous smoking regulations in Hawaii, Creagan said they had some effect but did not enough to discourage people from smoking and the problem still persists.
However, the newly-proposed bill excludes electronic cigarettes, cigars, and chewing tobacco. Shortly, the lawmakers will present a separate bill for them to excise tax from 16 cents per pack to 21 cents. The upcoming measure will also require the state to use this money to fund health programs and research incentives.
Four years ago, in 2015, Hawaii became the first state nationwide to increase the legal smoking age for cigarettes and even electronic cigarettes to 21. Later on, Hawaii governor David Ige issued a ban to forbid smoking and the usage of an electronic cigarette at parks and beaches.
The statistics of Hawaii's department of health has shown that tobacco kills over 1,100 locals per year. In addition to that, it also costs $336 in related healthcare expenses. The statisticians concluded that smoking killed more people than alcohol, AIDS, car accidents, drugs, murders and suicides taken together.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) emphasized that cigarette smoking relates to the death of more than 480,000 people in the USA per year, including 41,000 deaths following secondary smoking.
What is your verdict? Do you think that if the bill enters into force, it will bring the desired effects?