A new statewide law raising the minimum age required for individuals to purchase tobacco products and e-cigarettes has gone into effect in Hawaii.
Individuals under the age of 21 are now no longer able to legally purchase these products, making Hawaii the first state in the nation to raise the smoking age to 21, as of January 2016.
Keli’i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, an independent nonprofit research and educational institution devoted to promoting individual liberty and accountable government, says the new law treats adult Hawaiians as though are children.
“This is an abuse of government power and an inappropriate means to an end,” Akina said. “The role of government is to defend individual liberty, not to serve as a controlling nanny over citizens. The State of Hawaii should instead foster a citizenry of individuals capable of balancing rights and responsibilities on their own.”
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