Marines between the ages of 18 and 20 who smoke aren’t going to be thrilled about Hawaii’s new law that passed. It’s going into effect on January 1, 2016 and has raised the legal smoking age in Hawaii to 21.
The DoD says they’ll comply with the new state law that raises the minimum age to purchase, possess, or consume a tobacco product from 18 to 21 years of age. The new law will also make it illegal to sell or furnish a tobacco product in any shape or form to anyone under 21.
According to NAVADMIN 298/15, and MARADMIN 649/15, the Department of the Navy-owned, Marine-owned, or controlled property located in the State of is subject to concurrent jurisdiction. State laws, civil and criminal, apply on all Joint Base, Department of the Navy-owned, Marine-owned, or controlled property in . state and local police have the authority to enforce state law in areas of concurrent jurisdiction.
The state law does not apply to personnel or transactions while aboard U.S. naval vessels due to federal jurisdiction laws.
Department of the Navy military personnel, family members, residents, and guests on Navy installations and facilities are already expected to comply with applicable law. Those who may be cited by state and local police for violations of new tobacco laws are subject to fines and community service.
Additionally, the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations and Headquarters Marine Corps, as a matter of policy to comply with the new state law, have directed all shore-based Navy and Marine Corps Exchange sales activities in to cease the sale of tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21, effective 1 January 2016.
Tobacco cessation is a priority of the Department of the Navy, critical to the health, fitness, wellbeing, and readiness of Navy-Marine Corps personnel.
More information on tobacco cessation resources can be found at: http://www.med.navy.mil/sites/nmcphc/health-promotion/tobacco-free-living/Pages/tobacco-cessation-health-educators.aspx.
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