Legislation to Increase Smoking Age Passes State Senate

August 27, 2015

For Immediate Release                  
                       

Legislation to Increase Smoking Age Passes State Senate

 
(Sacramento, CA) – Legislation proposed in special session by Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez, O.D. (D – West Covina), Chair of the Senate Public Health and Developmental Services Committee, passed the Senate Floor on a 25-10 vote. SB 7, from the second extraordinary session, would increase the legal minimum tobacco purchase age from 18 to 21 and severely limit teen access to these addictive products. The bill now moves to the Assembly where it will be heard by the Public Health and Developmental Services Committee.  

“Tobacco companies know that people are more likely to become addicted to smoking if they start at a young age,” stated Senator Hernandez. “We cannot continue to sit by while these tobacco companies continue to poison generation after generation with their addictive products. Our youth deserve healthier outcomes.”

SB X2 7 is part of a comprehensive tobacco control package introduced in special session to help not only save lives, but also control escalating health care costs.

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