Military installation through Hawaii has issued orders to ban the sale of tobacco to individuals who are below the age of 21. The new rule will be implemented from the New Year’s Day.
The new rule coincides with a similar measure passed by the Hawaii legislature in June that will also come into effect on Friday. After this new rule, Hawaii will become the first state to ban the sale and possession of tobacco to individual under-21. The ban even includes the sale and possession of e-cigarettes, according to the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids.
So far, more than 100 US municipalities have risen the minimum age for tobacco sales to 21, with California considering a state-wide ban.
Military installations usually do not always follow any state law. For example, Washington and Colorado have legalized recreational use of marijuana, but service members are not allowed to use the drug in those states.
The Navy banned smoking in submarines at the end of 2010, but talk last year of a fleet-wide ban met resistance from some members of Congress.
Electronics technician Alan Cobreros, 20, said, “I think it’s ridiculous. Reason being is because in the military there are a lot of stress levels that a lot of people have to deal with, and people have a lot of different ways of coping with it”.
Cobreros said some sailors use alcohol to fight stress, but that is not a legal option for anyone falling below the age of 21.