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California Bill To Raise Smoking Age To 21 Heads To Governor’s Desk

The legislation is part of a six-bill tobacco package, which passed through the legislature despite intense lobbying from the industry.

The Associated Press: California Lawmakers Vote To Raise Smoking, Vaping Age To 21
California lawmakers voted Thursday to raise the legal age for purchasing and using tobacco and e-cigarettes from 18 to 21, putting the nation's most populous state on the brink of becoming only the second after Hawaii to bar teenagers from lighting up, dipping or vaping. Before it can become law, Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown must sign the legislation, which has already passed the state Assembly. His spokesman said the governor generally does not comment on pending legislation. (3/10)

The Sacramento Bee: California Smoking Age Increase, Vaping Bills Move To Jerry Brown
California is one step away from enacting some of its most significant tobacco legislation in decades. The state Senate on Thursday approved a far-reaching package of bills that will raise the legal purchase age to 21 from 18 and regulate e-cigarettes like a traditional tobacco product. Six measures now head to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk, where their fate is uncertain. (Koseff, 3/10)

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