You Must Now Be 21 to Buy Tobacco, E-Cigarettes in New Jersey
In New Jersey, you now have to be at least 21 years old to buy tobacco products and e-cigarettes. Health officials say by raising the age, young people will be less likely to get addicted.
(Published Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017)
Starting Wednesday, New Jersey will raise its smoking age to 21.
The restriction applies to tobacco products and electronic smoking devices. Previously, the age was 19.
Republican Gov. Chris Christie signed the bill into law in July. Christie cited the strain on the health care system caused by tobacco-related illnesses when he made his decision. Reports show smoking causes about $4 billion in health care costs to New Jersey each year.
Democratic Sens. Richard Codey and Joseph Vitale co-sponsored the bill Christie signed into law. Vitale says making it more difficult to buy cigarettes “will help prevent our youth from becoming lifelong smokers and suffering the long-term effects of the habit.”
Hawaii and California are the only other states where the smoking age is 21.