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Richard Pan

California seeks to raise smoking age to 21 as taxes may triple

LOS ANGELES California is looking to restore its reputation for agenda-setting tobacco regulation with measures to raise the smoking age to 21, triple per-pack taxes and regulate e-cigarettes the same as conventional products. The American Cancer Society and other supporters contend California, which passed the first smoke-free workplace law in 1994, has slipped behind other states in regulating and taxing tobacco use. Hawaii this year became the first to raise the minimum age to 21, while scores of others have raised taxes and banished smoking from workplaces. California has the second-lowest percentage of smokers in the nation, though it ranks 35th in terms of per-pack taxes on...

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