Hawaii is already considered the healthiest state in the U.S., and it's striving to become even healthier. It's now illegal to smoke or use a vaporizer in Hawaii if you're under 21 years old. In passing the law last summer, many state lawmakers said the decision was motivated by the growing popularity of e-cigarettes among teenagers. Hawaiians already have fewer mental health days, low rates of preventable hospitalizations and a lower prevalence of obesity.
Class discussion: What are the smoking laws in your state? Do you think raising the smoking age will reduce the number of people addicted to nicotine? How addictive is nicotine compared with other drugs? How does your state rate on health? What factors impact the health of people in your state? What percentage of the people in your state who smoke, abuse alcohol or drugs, or are obese? Are there many who can't afford health care?
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