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posted by Fnord666 on Friday August 11 2017, @08:17PM   Printer-friendly
from the puffery-piece dept.

Oregon has joined California, Hawaii, Maine, and New Jersey in raising the minimum age limit for purchasing tobacco and related products to 21:

Oregon is raising the minimum age for buying tobacco and e-cigarettes in the state to 21, bringing its regulations into line with sales of marijuana products.

The new law, signed by Governor Kate Brown on Wednesday and taking effect on Jan. 1, bans under-21s from buying tobacco products and vaping devices, and makes vendors liable for fines for under-age sales.

The current age limit in the state is 18.

Previously: California's Legal Smoking Age Set to Rise to 21

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  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by jelizondo on Friday August 11 2017, @10:42PM (3 children)

    by jelizondo (653) on Friday August 11 2017, @10:42PM (#552625)

    Coming from a country that does not have universal healthcare it is funny that they keep mentioning the ‘cost to the public’ as a reason to ban smoking. I buy that argument from Canada, France and the many other countries where taxpayers bear the costs of medical treatment.

    However if we are going to prohibit / inhibit bad substances and/or lifestyles then we need to look at a lot of other shit: soft drinks, fast food and lack of exercise, just to mention three. Each and all three increase your risk of life-threatening diseases that are usually expensive to treat, from diabetes to hearth diseases. So what, mandatory gym for everyone?

    Where do we stop and let everyone choose their own poison? It’s not like we would live forever otherwise, so something or other would kill us.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday August 12 2017, @12:03AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday August 12 2017, @12:03AM (#552647)

    The biggest health hazard is alarm clocks.

  • (Score: 2) by unauthorized on Saturday August 12 2017, @10:57AM (1 child)

    by unauthorized (3776) on Saturday August 12 2017, @10:57AM (#552824)

    Coming from a country which has universal healthcare, smokers here pay their medical costs because their drug of choice comes with a bonus premium tax. The price doubles as a good deterrent against teenage smoking as well.