A bill authored by Senator Ed Hernandez, O.D., which would increase the tobacco purchase age to 21, cleared its final legislative hurdle on Thursday morning, passing off of the Senate Floor with a vote of 26 to 10 and now will be waiting for the Governor's signature.
“This is California’s chance to make history by drastically reducing Big Tobacco’s ability to target and poison our youth. We will no longer stand idly by while they continue to get generation after generation addicted,” said Senator Hernandez, “We need to make this happen for the sake of our children and the overall health of our state.”
“This bill saves lives, saves billions of dollars, and will cost virtually nothing to implement,” said Senator Hernandez. “The fierce opposition from Big Tobacco on this measure proves just how important this measure is and how much their business model relies on selling their drug to our kids.”
This bill is supported by the Save Lives California Coalition, American Heart Association, American Lung Association, American Cancer Society, the California Medical Association, the California Dental Association, other major health organizations, parents and community leaders statewide.
More than 130 local municipalities across the United States have raised the legal tobacco age to 21. With a Governor’s signature California would become the second state to raise the age to 21.