Over the past year, several states and numerous municipalities throughout the nation have opted to raise the age to purchase tobacco and e-cigarettes to 21. New Jersey is among the many states that is considering raising the age. The Senate voted to raise the age in June. It is our hope that the Assembly will act soon and that Governor Christie will sign the measure into law soon.
Approximately 95% of adult smokers picked up the habit prior to age 21 and youth use of e-cigarettes has been increasing at a staggering rate. The CDC reported in June that 24%, nearly one-quarter, of high school students reported that they had used an e-cigarette in the previous 30 days. The longer we can keep tobacco and other nicotine products out of the hands of young people, the less likely it is that they will develop a potentially lethal addiction to nicotine.
I hope that you, and all "You're the Cure" advocates, will join us in raising our voices over the next few months in support of increasing the age to purchase tobacco and e-cigarettes in New Jersey to 21.