New Washington Tobacco Law

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Washington State has a new tobacco law, and it is officially illegal to sell tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21. “I don’t agree with the new tobacco law because if you are legally an adult and you do all the things adults have to do, you should be able to make the decision for yourself to use tobacco or not,” junior Natalia Benavides said.

Cassidy Gay, Editorial/ Social Media Editor

 

After a drastic rise in the percentage of teenagers using tobacco, the law to purchase tobacco has finally been raised from 18 to 21 in Washington State. 

The law was placed in an effort to decrease the number of teenagers using vapes. Teenagers are easily able to get their hands on tobacco products, especially vapes because 18-year-old students can buy products for students who are still minors. 

“[I don’t think the law will work] because people can just get their parents to get it for them and at 18 you should be able to make your own decision to use tobacco,” junior Josh Martin said. 

The law states that it is illegal to sell tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21 in Washington State. However, people between the ages of 18-20 can still bring products in from other states and use them in Washington. The new law may decrease the number of smokers overall because of their inability to buy tobacco products. 

“I think the Tobacco law is good that it was changed to 21, but at the same time I also don’t think it will fix the vaping epidemi,” junior Ami Beard said. “Kids want to rebel, so them changing the law to 21 will just cause more teenagers to start vaping or just continue to vape instead of stopping.”

Critics of the new law say that teenagers are clever and will still be able to get their hands on products. There is also fear that the black market for vape products will grow and youth will buy into it. 

”With all the technology and just smart ways people come up with ways to get stuff because they just want it so bad, I think it won’t help and teens will still get it,” freshman Delaney Guddat said. 

Although some teenagers may still have access to vape products even after the new law, it will be much harder and will help lower the numbers of teens vaping drastically.