A University of Washington student smokes at one of a handful of designated smoking locations on the campus Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Smoking has been on the decline for years, but California wants it to decline even faster. The Golden State is poised to become the first to raise the tobacco purchasing age to 21, a policy aimed at keeping cigarettes out of high school.

The state legislature on Thursday approved the bill, which is expected to be signed by Gov. Jerry Brown.

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