Many countries and localities have different laws when it comes to age thresholds for smoking tobacco and drinking alcohol. Many states in the US have their own laws and guidelines, for example – and this week, it has emerged that Hawaii may be considering increasing the legal smoking age in the state to 100 years old. This would effectively mean that smoking would be outlawed to the vast majority of the population – which arrives shortly after a number of public pushes to reduce the number of active smokers living there.
It is thought that smoking is responsible for almost 500,000 deaths per year in the US medical system, with all of them being preventable. Therefore, bigger and bigger strides are being taken to both educate the public and to eliminate the risk of such preventable deaths increasing in the years to come.
Hawaii Proposes Cigarette Ban For Everyone Under Age 100 [video]
According to Sky News, Dr Richard Creagan – representing the Democrats in the US – has reaffirmed that further action must be taken to get smoking outlawed outright. Speaking with the Hawaii Tribune-Herald, Dr Creagan advised that smoking has grown out of control in terms of being an addictive substance widely available to people from all walks of life.
“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,” Dr Creagan confirmed.
Creagan intends to push for the legal age for smoking in Hawaii to be ramped up over several years, meaning that a gradual phasing out of tobacco smoking altogether would be sought. He is currently poised to suggest that the age limit be increased to 30 years old for 2020, 40 years old for 2021, 50 years old for 2022 and 60 years old for 2023. The ultimate goal – it is reported – is to outlaw anyone younger than 100 years old from smoking at all by 2024.
Hawaii may ban smoking [video]
“We don’t allow people free access to opioids (…) or any prescription drugs,” Creagan advises. “This is more lethal, more dangerous than any prescription drug, and it is more addicting.”
Dr Creagan is himself a former smoker and is taking a stand against an industry which continues to thrive despite strides being made to encourage smokers to educate themselves on health risks associated with regular tobacco use.