BC Health Minister mulls raising legal smoking age

Jan 18 2017, 11:00 pm

Should BC raise the legal age when people can buy cigarettes from 19 to 21?

That’s the question being asked by BC Health Minister Terry Lake.

Lake posed the idea to the public on Tuesday in a tweet.

The tweet comes after Lake noted that other jurisdictions like Hawaii and California raised the buying and selling age for tobacco to 21.

“Tobacco is pervasive and attractive, and we need to think outside the box for ways to help limit the number of young people starting to smoke,” the minister said in a statement earlier this week.

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The announcement comes as BC – along with the rest of the country – marks National Non-Smoking Week and Weedless Wednesday this week. (And yes, Weedless Wednesday is a thing).

“Since 1977, we have observed National Non-Smoking Week as one of the longest-running public health events in Canada’s history,” Lake said.

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