Bill to up purchase age of tobacco products from 18 to 21 moves to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk.
California is close to potentially becoming the second state to up the legal age for purchasing tobacco products.
NPR reported that the California Senate voted Thursday, March 10 in favor of increasing the legal age for buying tobacco products from 18 to 21. The bill also regulates e-cigarettes the same as tobacco products, expands smoke free areas and allows counties to increase cigarette taxes beyond the 87-cents per pack state tax.
The bill now moves to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk. If he signs the bill, California will become the second state—after Hawaii—to raise the age limit for buying cigarettes and other tobacco products.
More than 100 cities from New York to San Francisco have already approved similar measures.