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At the start of the year, Hawai‘i became the first state in the country to raise the smoking age to 21. Reducing smoking has become a policy goal for governments around the world. That includes India—where progress is showing up in some unusual places. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

The corporate earnings of India’s largest publicly-traded tobacco company have disappointed investors and cheered anti-smoking activists.  ITC Limited fell short of analysts’ expectations, saying the cigarette business in India remains under “severe pressure.”

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Mariah OConnell / Flickr

Hawaii will become the first state in the nation to raise the minimum age for tobacco sales to 21 beginning on January 1st.  A secondary measure will prohibit the sales of electronic cigarettes (E-Cigarettes) to anyone under 21.

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Smokers who are under the age of 21 have just a couple of days left of legal tobacco puffing in Hawai‘i. On Friday, the state becomes the first in the nation to outlaw tobacco sales to anyone younger than 21. The issue of smoking among young people is also getting attention this week in Indonesia—where critics say the government is not doing enough to stop it.

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Ernie / Flickr

A measure that would boost Hawai‘i’s smoking age to 21 is awaiting the signature of Governor Ige. The state legislature passed the bill this session—the latest move to cut the use of tobacco products in the state. With the start of the new month, China is trying a different approach to cut smoking. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / jonnwilliams

A new report released today shows the use of electronic cigarettes among teens is growing in Hawai‘i. The study, coming out of the University of Hawai‘i Cancer Center, shows adolescents are smoking e-cigarettes three times the national average. HPR’s Molly Solomon has more.

The full article published in Pediatrics can be found here.

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  Earlier this year, Hawaii Island raised the legal smoking age to 21. That makes the big island the first county in the state to increase the smoking age. This week in India, the government announced even more ambitious plans to fight smoking. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Chinese Puff Piece

Jan 9, 2014
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Flickr / Tormod Sandtorv

  We’re now nine days into the New Year…and that means nine days into tighter restrictions on outdoor smoking on Oahu. It’s now illegal to smoke at all beaches, parks and pools on the island…and within 20 feet of bus stops. The rules are still a lot looser in China…but it looks like that will be changing. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / DucDigital

If you're a smoker, Hawaii County is one of the toughest parts of the state.  The county bans smoking at beach parks and also in cars where Keiki are present.  Now the County Council is taking steps to make it more difficult for young people to get tobacco.  HPR's Sherry Bracken talked with the Council member who is introducing the bill.

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Flickr / lanier67

The smoking ban at beaches, parks and bus stops on Oahu doesn’t start until January. But in South Korea, smoking restrictions in public places have been in place for about four weeks. HPR’s Bill Dorman has a progress report in today’s Asia Minute.