State Sen. Ed Hernandez, D-West Covina, wants to lift a authorised smoking age in California from 18 to 21.
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Legislation to lift a authorised smoking age in California from 18 to 21 was introduced Thursday in a state Senate.
Sen. Ed Hernandez, D-West Covina (Los Angeles County), pronounced he had authored a check in an bid to “severely extent teen entrance to tobacco products,” and so revoke obsession rates.
“Tobacco companies know that people are some-more expected to turn dependant to smoking if they start during a immature age,” Hernandez pronounced in a statement. “We can no longer means to lay on a sidelines while large tobacco markets to a kids and gets another era of immature people bending on a product that will eventually kill them.”
Hernandez’s SB151 has a support of a American Cancer Society, a Cancer Action Network and a American Lung Association. The organizations are also partial of a bloc pulling for a $2-per-pack taxation boost on cigarettes.
Vivian Ho is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @VivianHo