Gov. Jerry Brown signs bill that raises legal smoking age to 21

CALIFORNIA (KUSI) — Governor Brown signed a bill Wednesday that will raise the legal smoking age to 21.

According to NPR, Gov. Brown had until midnight Wednesday to make his decision on six bills regarding tobacco use, but the announcement was made just after 5:30 p.m. 

There is a provision in the new law to exempt active Military personnel stationed in California. They are still allowed to purchase tobacco products at 18 years of age.

California is the second state, after Hawaii, to raise the legal age for buying tobacco products.

According to a study released by the Institute of Medicine found that of those adults who smoke daily, 90 percent reported their first use was before the age of 19.

The report also concludes that increasing the legal age "will likely prevent or delay initiation of tobacco use by adolescents and young adults."

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