Washington State’s highly restrictive smoking laws could get worse. The King County Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Administrative Board has voted in favor of a resolution that will formally ask the state to raise the minimum ge to purchase tobacco from 18 to 21.

Five states formally debated 21-year age increases this year: Colorado, Hawaii, Maryland, Utah and Vermont. None of the states passed any age changes.

Washington is the only state in the U.S. where legislation prevents smoking in places where cigars are also sold. In addition, the state has a 95% tax capped at 65 cents per cigar.

King County is home to Seattle. It is the largest in the state with a population just under 2 million residents.

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I am an editor and co-founder of halfwheel.com/Rueda Media, LLC. I previously co-founded and published TheCigarFeed, one of the two predecessors of halfwheel. I handle the editing of our written content, the majority of the technical aspects of the site and work with the rest of our staff on content management, business development and more. I’ve lived in most corners of the country and now entering my second stint in Dallas, Texas. I enjoy boxing, headphones, the Le Mans 24-hour, wearing sweatshirts year-round and gyros. echte liebe.