Attorney General wants to raise smoking age to 21 in Washington

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Attorney General Bob Ferguson wants to make Washington state the first in the country where no one under 21 can have tobacco.

In a news conference Wednesday afternoon, Ferguson and lawmakers from the state House and Senate announced bills that would move the state’s smoking age of 18 to 21, following the lead of several cities and counties nationwide.

Possession of tobacco or e-cigarettes under 21 would be a civil offense. It would be a misdemeanor to sell or give tobacco to anyone under 21.

Ferguson and other officials said they were inspired to change Washington’s smoking age after seeing the number of teenage smokers decline in cities that banned tobacco for those under 21.

Similar bills failed in the last two years in Colorado, Utah and New Jersey.

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  • Heavysteel

    They are old enough to die for our country, but not old enough to decide if they want to smoke? Any more rights that you want to take away Hitler? The state already has all smokers paying ridiculous taxes and then you tucked them away in a small space outside where you don’t have to see them or smell the smoke. Leave them alone already…GEEZ!! Yes I use to smoke, but I quit about 3 years ago thankfully, but it was (((My Choice)))!

  • Nancy Welliver Hulbert

    Seems to me they are looking for more revenue from us, what about booze??? Oh wait, our legislature is full of drunks who are probably closet smokers, but they make all the laws to affect us but NOT them. We have given the liberals way to much rope to hang us.

  • KatirLynn

    So I have a big problem with this. First off I’m sure y’all have better things to do than worry about this. 1) I am 19 I’ll be 20 in march and I am a smoker. 2) I could have enlisted into the military at the age of 18. I feel if I can do that at 18 I should be able to smoke. 3) I also am an exotic dancer. How are you about to say that it is okay for someone who is 18 to take all of their god damn clothes off for men for money but its not okay for them to buy tabacco? Honestly this all angers me. How are you going to sit there and allow 18 year olds to enlist in WAR and FIGHT FOR OUR COUNTRY AT 18 and have them be able TO BE A STRIPPER AND TAKE THEIR CLOTHES OFF FOR MONEY but you are trying to change the tabacco age to 21? You guys make no damn sense. I really do not understand your logic. If I want to inhale something into my lungs that is going to effect MY body than I should be able to at 18. I am more than sure that some of y’all were buying tabacco before y’all were 18. Its pretty sad when a young lady can start stripping at 18 but y’all are more concerned with the age you have to be to buy tabacco. You guys have your damn priorities wrong! But y’all probably ain’t gonna do anything about the age you have to be to strip cause y’all probably go to strip clubs! GET YOUR PRIORTIES STRAIGHT!

  • Tony Dockery

    Time to quit coming up with reasons to put our teenagers in jail….I hate these fkn doo gooders…why dont they just STFU and leave people alone….Tobacco is legal so why put more pressure on our young….If they smoke and you dont like it ..tuff shit…go home have a latte and STFU.