New law would raise legal smoking age to 21

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SEATTLE – You already have to be 21 to buy alcohol, and now some county officials say you should be 21 to buy tobacco products as well.

The King County Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Administrative Board has voted to approve a resolution calling for a change to the legal age of tobacco purchase in Washington state.

The board is asking legislators to change state law to increase the legal age to purchase tobacco products to age 21.

Board members say almost 90 percent of adult smokers began smoking by age 18, and about 75 percent of adults smokers became daily smokers before age 21.

“We think age 18 is too young,” said Pat Godfrey, chair of the board, “At least make it comparable to the legal purchase of alcohol and recreational marijuana, both of which are set at age 21.”

Board members point out that tobacco use is one of the leading causes of preventable death and disease in King County.

For more information on the board’s proposal, click here.

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    • Ted

      How about online police to keep people like cwl from commenting on matters that don’t concern him. There are already fines for littering. I don’t know if tou care, but this means more of our youth in jail and legal trouble for something they do legally, right now. A hand of board members would ruin thousands of lives because “We think that’s too young.”

  • Ted

    Let me get this straight, these old fart board members want to make it a law that if you smoke cigarettes at 18, now you will be put into the legal system, screw up the rest of your life,,,,

  • Jim C

    Old enough to fight in a war, two years of experience wielding a vehicle on the roads, old enough to vote, old enough to be responsible for one's own actions…………but no smoking. Makes sense. Hey hippies, keep your "government knows what is best for me" nonsense out west please.

  • Jerry

    There is a lot of studies showing the current drinking age is counter productive. I think adults should be able to think for themselves.

  • Wildchild1963

    If you are old enough to join the army, have a gun put in your hand and be sent out as shooting targets…you should be able to smoke and drink if you want. Those guns shooting at you will kill you a lot quicker than either smoking or drinking.
    Until they raise the legal age to enlist to 21, I don't think messing with the drinking and smoking age should be an issue.