In his State of the State Address on Thursday, Delaware Gov. John Carney expressed his support for a proposal to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21-years-old during the upcoming legislative session.
“Living healthy lifestyles is probably the most important thing we can all do to lower healthcare costs in the long run,” Carney said. “We know that forming good health habits early in life increases the chances you’ll be a healthy adult. That’s why I intend to support Senator Townsend’s proposal to raise the age for purchasing cigarettes from 18 to 21. Please join me in getting this done.”
The proposal the governor references is one slated to be introduced by Sen. Bryan Townsend, D-11, who is also the Senate Majority Whip.
Currently six states have made statewide increases in the minimum age to purchase tobacco products: Hawaii, California, Oregon, New Jersey, Maine and Massachusetts. Several other states, including New York, New Hampshire, Washington, Vermont, North Dakota New Mexico and Virginia, have legislation currently under consideration.
Featured image via the Delaware Office of the Governor.