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Hawaii Proposing Cigarette Ban For Anyone Under 100 Years Old

A lawmaker in Hawaii has proposed a new way to stop people from smoking.

Democratic state representative Richard Creagan has suggested cigarettes be banned for anyone under the age of 100. This would effectively impose a total ban on cigarettes across the state.

While taxes and other regulations have been introduced in Hawaii to deter people from using tobacco, it hasn't solved the problem according to Creagan.

Under the proposal, the minimum smoking age would rise incrementally each year. The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported on Sunday the legal smoking age would rise to 30 in 2020, then 40 in 2012, 50 in 2022 and 60 in 2023.

Finally, it would jump to 100 in 2024.

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Cigarettes would be banned for anyone under the age of 100. Image: Getty Images.

The measure would not apply to e-cigarettes, cigars or chewing tobacco.

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"Basically, we essentially have a group who are heavily addicted -- in my view enslaved by a ridiculously bad industry, which has enslaved them by designing a cigarette that is highly addictive, knowing that it is highly lethal. And, it is," Creagan told the Hawaii Tribune-Herald.

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Regulations have been imposed on cigarettes, but it hasn't solved the problem. Image: Getty Images.

Creagan said the state of Hawaii is obliged to protect the health of their citizens.

The proposal is set to be heard by a state House committee at some time this week.

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Contact Siobhan at skenna@networkten.com.au