Oregon Becomes 5th State to Raise Legal Smoking Age

Henrietta Strickland
August 11, 2017

OR 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.

OR will be the fourth state where a tobacco possession age of 21 takes effect, since the legislation from New Jersey takes effect in November and Maine's takes effect in late 2018. OR is one of five states to boost the age to 21, joining California, Hawaii, Maine and New Jersey.

One of the main reasons behind the new age requirement is to help prevent young people from starting a lifelong addiction.

"We are programmed as adolescents to try new things, which is a flawless recipe for unsafe things", he said. However, there is an age limitation in buying cigarettes or any other tobacco products -18. One study published in the journal Tobacco Control found that after the Boston suburb of Needham raised its sales age to 21, teen smoking was cut in half.

The new law will focus on tobacco retailers who sell to minors rather than the buyers themselves, The Oregonian reports. Researchers estimated that if the tobacco sales age was raised to 21 nationwide, it would lead to a 12% decrease in adult smoking by the time today's teens have grown up.

The age increase will take effect January 1 and affect sale of traditional tobacco products along with vapes.

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