The Healthiest State In The US Just Toughened Its Smoking Laws

The healthiest state in the U.S. is cracking down on smoking.
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The Healthiest State In The US Just Toughened Its Smoking Laws

Hawaii is already considered the healthiest state in the U.S., and in the new year, it's striving to become even healthier.

As of Jan. 1, it's illegal to smoke or use a vaporizer in Hawaii if you're under 21 years old

State lawmakers passed the legislation last summer. Many said the decision was motivated by the growing popularity of e-cigarettes among teenagers.

Hawaii was already ahead of the curve when it came to smoking. The United Health Foundation said only 14.1 percent of Hawaiians smoke, which places it in the bottom three states for smoking rates. 

On top of that, 2015 was the fourth year in a row that the United Health Foundation ranked Hawaii as the healthiest state overall.

Hawaiians have fewer mental health days, low rates of preventable hospitalizations and a lower prevalence of obesity. 

Although, we've gotta say: It's probably a lot easier to convince yourself to get outside and exercise when you live in an island paradise.

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