Hong Kong’s Health Bureau is surveying residents on potential new tobacco regulations encompassing everything from increased tobacco taxes to nicotine limits to a generational tobacco ban.
Less than a year after Gov. Kevin Stitt signed a law removing fines as punishment for underage tobacco or vaping use and possession, Stitt has signed a new law reintroducing the fines as a form of punishment.
Generational smoking bans were introduced this year in California, Hawaii and Nevada. None of them have gained much traction, let alone passed.
Last year, Oklahoma’s legislature passed a bill that removed the fines for those caught violating the state’s Tobacco 21 bill. Now, it’s on the verge of reintroducing fines.
California Legislator Abandons Plan for Generational Smoking Ban, Bill Amended to Focus on Flavored Tobacco Ban Enforcement
Connolly’s original bill sought to ban the sale of tobacco products to anyone born after Jan. 1, 2007.
The bill would have banned the sale of cigarettes to anyone born after Dec. 31, 2002, outlawed the sale of cigarettes in 2030 and banned flavored e-cigarettes. It contained no changes for cigars.
A similar measure failed to clear the Kansas Senate last year. This act means that Kansas’ state law is now consistent with the federal Tobacco 21 statute.
Hawaii was the first state to increase its minimum purchasing age to purchase tobacco to 21, now a bill seeks to ban anyone born after 2002 from ever using tobacco products.