11 August, 2017
Oregon Governor Kate Brown has signed into law a measure that raises the minimum age for purchasing tobacco and "inhalant delivery systems" to 21..
Stores in OR will be barred from selling tobacco products, including cigarettes and electronic vaping devices, to individuals 20 years old and younger beginning January 1, putting the state in the same category as only California, Hawaii and New Jersey until ME follows suit six months later.
Recently, Oregon became the fifth state in the USA to raise the smoking age to 21. However, there is an age limitation in buying cigarettes or any other tobacco products -18.
Rob Crane, President of Tobacco21, which advocates for raising the smoking age to 21, said that stopping people from trying tobacco early may help prevent addiction down the road.
The minimum age for smoking hookah in India: There is no ban on a hookah in hookah bars.
Oregon's new law aims to crack down on tobacco vendors who sell to the underaged, rather than punish the buyers. Researchers estimated that if the tobacco sales age was raised to 21 nationwide, it would lead to a 12% decrease in adult smoking by the time today's teens have grown up.
The number of states prohibiting the sale of tobacco products to consumers under 21 has now reached five.
Still, at least one vaping company backed the age restrictions.