A renewed effort has just begun smoking age in Washington from 18 to 21 Thus, the third state will increase in the country to do so by following the steps of California and Hawaii.
She is now an anti-smoking company that leads the effort to increase the age of cigarettes legally after she got her first cigarette from an 18-year-old friend. "Although I knew how bad I was, I continued to smoke for the next 11 years until I quit smoking when I smoked two packs a day," McHale said.
She and 100 other ex-smokers and cancer survivors urge Olympia's identical House and Senate bills (HB1054 and SB5025) to put cigarettes with age at the level of legally buying alcohol and marijuana.
They say there is a good reason. "Ninety-six percent of adults started 21 years ago years ago to quit smoking," said Eunice Hostetter, cancer survivors. "When this happens, it is very likely that they become addicted and smoking is a habit for life."
Some argue that less than 21 cigarettes obtained otherwise. But Izzy Lawrence, Benton City is, let's say, in Olympia that make it much more difficult. She says she has reasons to help in the fight. Lawrence, "My two uncles were avid smoker and one of my uncles recently died and he got me," she said.