SHOULD CIGARETTE SALES BE BANNED? HAWAII COULD BE FIRST TO PASS LAW

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Hawaii could be the first state in the U.S. to ban the sale of cigarettes if a current proposal becomes law.

Adults younger than age 30 could be legally prohibited from buying cigarettes in less than a year’s time — and all cigarette sales would be banned in Hawaii in five years — under a bill by State Representative Richard Creagan. The bill was co-signed by Representatives John Mizuno, also a Democrat, and Cynthia Thielen, a Republican.

“We’re taxing them, that did decrease use somewhat, but we still have 140,000 people in our state that smoke cigarettes. You don’t see them as much anymore, because we kind of made them hide. But, they’re going to die, half of them are going to die if they keep smoking, and we can prevent that.”

Creagan dismisses the argument that his proposal would take away a smoker’s civil liberty, saying it is something the tobacco industry has long cited. KHON2 was unable to reach the American Civil Liberties Union for comment on this story.

Creagan says smokers are horribly addicted and need freedom from enslavement.

Smokers and non-smokers have mixed feelings.