Clearing The Air On California���s New Tobacco, E Cigarette Law

Beginning Thursday, June 9, smokers have to be at least 21 to buy tobacco products in California, which joins Hawaii and more than 100 municipalities in raising the legal smoking age from 18.

Anyone who sells or gives tobacco to people under 21 could be found guilty of a misdemeanor crime. How do California's new tobacco laws affect you? This video tells you.

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed California's most significant new tobacco legislation in decades.

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Surveys have found that the vast majority of daily smokers begin using tobacco before age 19. Last year, the Institute of Medicine estimated that increasing the smoking age to 21 would discourage 15 percent of young adults from taking up smoking.

That could save lives, writes Vox's German Lopez.

"The evidence is overwhelming...raising the age reduces consumption" RE Tobacco 21 in @voxdotcom by @germanrlopez https://t.co/ml8sZCbErp

— Brian Castrucci (@BrianCCastrucci) June 9, 2016

Sen. Ed Hernandez, D-Azusa, authored the bill. When the California legislation was approved, Hernandez said: “The last several months have proven just how much tobacco’s model depends on their ability to market and sell their poison to kids. It is time we take a stand.

I am proud to have authored this historic new law. #Tobacco21 pic.twitter.com/62HNJH6VUJ

— Dr. Ed Hernandez (@dredhernandez) June 9, 2016

Much of the California Assembly's debate over raising the smoking age to 21 focused on how it compared with the drinking age. Here’s a glance at the debate.

Much of the California Assembly's debate over raising the smoking age to 21 focused on how it compared with the drinking age.

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Vaping comes under law

The smoking age requirement was part of a package of tobacco-related legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown that also regulates e-cigarettes. Vaporizers, vape liquid and other electronic smoking paraphernalia are now treated as tobacco products under the law. Like cigarette smoking, e-cigarettes are banned in many public spaces including workplaces, restaurants and movie theaters.

In this video, pro-vaping advocate David Hansen, who has testified against the vaping legislation, argues that lawmakers are looking to tax the industry and put small store owners like himself out of business.

Sweeping tobacco control bills that treat electronic cigarettes like tobacco products have been signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown. Pro-vaping advocate David Hansen had testified against the vaping legislation.

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An illustrative look at tobacco use and smoking

State-by-state tobacco smoking rates:

Tobacco Smoking Rates | HealthGrove

E-cigarette use by age in the U.S.:

E-Cigarette Use by Age | HealthGrove

State-by-state tobacco smoking rates:

Tobacco Smoking Rates | HealthGrove

Percent of adults who smoke cigarettes in California:

Percent of Adults who Smoke Cigarettes in California | FindTheData

Our view

The Sacramento Bee’s opinion pages have tackled the issue.

E-cit, tobacco-age laws are good intentions gone awry

Smoking age, e-cigarette measures will save lives

Editorial: Jerry Brown signs tobacco control bills, lets us breathe easier

Some reaction, your reaction

Do you support the new tobacco law? Comment on our Facebook page to let readers know how you feel. Here’s some social media reaction.

GREAT NEWS! California and Hawaii increase #tobacco sales age to 21. #tobaccofree #healthyliving #tobaccofreesummer https://t.co/8CdVoR0bMs

— BSDI (@BSDI_Wellness) June 9, 2016

As a tobacco user, I am glad the legal age limit as of today is 21.The new era of kids are starting at younger ages each yea, it sickens me

— Mikey Garcia (@mgarcia1144) June 9, 2016

Lmao @ raising the tobacco & alcohol age... Because that'll totally make it harder for people to get their hands on it

— ️ (@rattyponcho) June 9, 2016

Salty this tobacco age went up to 21 in LA. How am I going to buy woods?

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