Hawaii Set to Raise Smoking Age to 21: Why It Might Work

With Hawaii poised to become the first state to raise the legal smoking age to 21, experts say it might just be a game-changer.

The bill prohibits the sale of tobacco products to people under 21 years old, and includes fines for underage smokers and even heftier fines for anyone who buys or sells tobacco products an underage person.

“It’s important to understand that virtually no one who smokes starts smoking after the age of 21,” said Laurence Steinberg, a psychology professor at Temple University and author of “Age of Opportunity: Lessons From the New Science of Adolescence. “If you’re going to smoke, you start when you’re an adolescent. Almost nobody takes it up for the first time as an adult.”

Hawaii Set to Raise Smoking Age to 21 - Why It Might Work

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