lunes, 25 de noviembre de 2013 - 22 de noviembre de 2013 - EEUU

Hawaii County Council votes to raise tobacco sales age to 21

The Hawaii County Council has voted to raise the tobacco sale age on the Big Island to 21, joining New York City and handful of other local governments across the nation seeking to prohibit sales of cigarettes to teenagers.

West Hawaii Today reports the bill, which now goes to Mayor Billy Kenoi for his signature, would take effect on July 1, with people older than the current tobacco sale age of 18 grandfathered in.

The newspaper reports that the legislation will penalize retail stores for selling tobacco products, including cigarettes, cigars and electronic cigarettes to underage customers, and fines retailers $500 for the first offense and from $500 to $2,000 for subsequent offenses.

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