08/27/2014 12:55 pm ET

Oahu Could Raise Minimum Age For Buying Smokes To 21

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Oahu may join a growing number of jurisdictions throughout the country, including Hawaii County, to raise the minimum age for buying cigarettes from 18 to 21.

Bill 51, which increases the minimum age for purchasing both cigarettes and increasingly popular electronic cigarette devices, passed the Honolulu City Council’s Committee on Public Safety and Economic Development on Tuesday. The bill, proposed by Councilman Stanley Chang, must pass two more votes by the full City Council before it would be passed on to Mayor Kirk Caldwell for his consideration.

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