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Gov. Brown signs bill to raise smoking age to 21

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Posted at 5:40 PM, May 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-04 20:52:53-04

Governor Jerry Brown has signed a package of anti-tobacco bills that includes raising the California legal smoking age to 21. 

Brown had a midnight deadline for six anti-tobacco bills and he signed five.

Brown vetoed a bill that would have allowed counties and cities to ask voters to approve local tobacco taxes.

Another bill mandates that e-cigarettes will now be classified as tobacco products.

The bills will go into effect June 9th.

In January, Hawaii became the first state to raise the legal age to 21. The city of San Francisco had raised the legal age to 21 in March.