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Hawaii Lawmaker Proposes Bill That Would Effectively Ban Cigarettes

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Hawaii Lawmaker Proposes Bill That Would Effectively Ban Cigarettes
The proposed bill would raise the minimum age to buy cigarettes to 100 by 2024.
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A lawmaker from Hawaii wants to increase the minimum age to buy cigarettes to 100.

Rep. Richard Creagan proposed a bill that would raise the minimum legal smoking age, which is currently 21, in phases. It would increase to 30 in 2020, 40 in 2021, and so forth until it reaches 100 in 2024.

The proposal does not apply to e-cigarettes, cigars or chewing tobacco.

Creagan told the Hawaii Tribune-Herald: "We, as legislators, have a duty to do things to save people's lives. If we don't ban cigarettes, we are killing people."

Another Hawaii lawmaker is also pushing for change by offering up a bill that would raise the state's tax on cigarettes to 21 cents from the current 16 cents. Creagan said higher taxes have cut down tobacco use but won't solve the problem.

Creagan's bill is expected to be heard this week.