Hawaii lawmakers on Friday passed a bill that would raise the legal smoking age statewide to 21, positioning it to become the first state in the country to do so.

The bill, which passed the state Senate by a vote of 19-4 after clearing the house last week, would also ban the sale, purchase or use of electronic cigarettes for those under the age of 21.

“The activities we’ve engaged in over the years to manage smoking, our additional efforts in education, the raising of cigarette taxes, this is a continuation of those policies,” Democratic state Senator Rosalyn Baker, one of the bill’s sponsors, told Reuters.

She said opponents of the measure have argued that it limits choice for people considered adults in other situations, like joining the military, but added: “To me, giving someone the choice to have lung cancer is not a good choice.”

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