SALT LAKE CITY — A new bill set to be introduced in Hawaii will call for a phased ban on cigarette sales by the year 2024, CNN reports.
"The legislature finds that the cigarette is considered the deadliest artifact in human history,” the new bill reads.
Hawaii, which already has one of the most restrictive cigarette laws in the country, would clear Hawaii’s stores of all cigarettes.
How it works: The bill would raise the cigarette-buying age every year from this point forward. So next year, you’d have to be 30 years old to buy cigarettes. That number would climb to 40 years old the next year, 50 after that and 60 after that, ending with 100 by 2024.25 comments on this story
- Tourists would still be allowed to bring them into the state.
- Hawaii would allow centenarians to buy cigarettes if they could find them.
- “Basically, we essentially have a group who are heavily addicted — in my view, enslaved by a ridiculously bad industry — which has enslaved them by designing a cigarette that is highly addictive, knowing that it is highly lethal. And, it is,” says Hawaii Rep. Richard Creagan, according to The Hawaii Tribune-Herald.
However: These age limits would not apply to e-cigarettes, cigars or chewing tobacco.
Current federal law says you need to be 18 to buy cigarettes.
Flashback: Hawaii raised the age of buying cigarettes from 18 to 21 in 2016.