News Update!!: Sacramento, CA: California Governor Jerry Brown signed bill raising smoking age to 21.
California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill on Wednesday, May 4th, 2016 that raises the legal age to buy tobacco for smoking, dipping, chewing, and vaping from 18 years old to 21 years old in California.
The new law, which will take effect on Thursday, June 9th 2016, makes California the second state in the Untied States of America to raise the legal smoking age to 21 years old.
But under the new law, anyone who gives tobacco or tobacco paraphernalia, including tobacco vending machines, to someone under age 21 years old could be found guilty of a misdemeanor crime.
The new law will not apply to active military personnel.
Back on Thursday, March 10th, 2016, California lawmakers voted to raise the smoking age from 18 to 21 as part of a sweeping package of measures they are considering to crack down on tobacco.
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California Governor Jerry Brown also on Wednesday, May 4th, 2016 signed bills that regulate electronic cigarettes, set annual tobacco license fees, push for all charter schools to be tobacco free and expand existing requirements for tobacco-free workplaces to include small businesses, break rooms and hotel lobbies.
California Governor Jerry Brown vetoed a bill that would have allowed local governments to establish tobacco taxes.