After Hawaii made this step, banning under-21 smoking, California followed. If you are under 21 you can’t smoke in California. This law is going to take effect next year in June. State officials say that this is a life-saving decision.
Despite the fact that officials think that, experts contradict them because nobody knows yet if this law is going to make such a difference.
California is an important state and if they adopt a new law other states follow it. State officials think the same and some states may consider instating the same law in a few months. If this turns out to be effective many other states may follow California’s lead in the battle against smoking.
The first city that adopted this type of law was Needham, in 2005. Until 2010 smoking rates fell in high schools and the town rate is now 8% a lot less than the statewide rate which is 18.1%. Many people think that this is going to be the case for California too.
E-cigarettes have become very popular among teenagers and this could be a problem because it is harder to stop people from smoking them. Electronic cigarettes were reclassified this year in California. They were banned in bars and restaurants but they are easier to hide than the “normal cigarettes”.
Teenagers also tend to use electronic cigarettes because they taste sweet and are colorful. Many high school students admitted that they are smoking e-cigarettes.
In order to evaluate this law, state officials are going to monitor both regular and e-cigarette smoking. They are also going to monitor both adults and young people.
Since the ban on smoking in bars and restaurants took effect a few months ago, there has been no significant change.
People are starting to accept and sustain this new law. Although it is not yet instated, some market owners stopped selling cigarettes to teens.
Some are concerned that this is not enough because there are other ways to procure cigarettes. For instance, teens can ask their older friends to buy cigarettes for them or they can just order them online. Despite this, states officials think that the law it is a great step and that is going to make a change in the long run.
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