Just as the ink on a federal increase to the tobacco purchasing age has dried, a pair of legislators in Hawaii have introduced a bill to raise the age to purchase tobacco to 25-years-old.
HB 2507 would raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products and e-cigarettes by four years, giving the state the highest minimum age to purchase tobacco in the country. The state was also the first to raise the minimum purchasing age to 21, approving a Tobacco 21 bill in 2015.
It would also increase the minimum age to possess tobacco products or e-cigarettes, as well as raise the fine for violators from $10 to $50 for a first offense, and from $50 to $100 for a second offense, though a court could substitute a punishment of between 48 to 72 hours of community service in place of the fine.
The bill was introduced by Reps. Richard Creegan, D-5, and John Mizuno, D-28. Should the bill be approved, the increase would go into effect on July 1, 2020. It is currently scheduled to be heard by the House Health Committee on Feb. 4.