Brown signs bill raising smoking age to 21

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SAN DIEGO – Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill into law raising the smoking age in California from 18 to 21.

The bill raising the smoking age was among a pack of bills that addressed an effort to control tobacco use in the state. One bill restricted the use of electronic cigarettes in public places.

Brown vetoed a bill that would have allowed counties to seek voter approval of local tobacco taxes to pay for healthcare expenses for those with tobacco-related illnesses, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The bills raising the smoking age and regulating e-cigarettes will go into effect on June 9 – earlier than regular bills – because they were approved during a special session on health care, the Times stated.