New Jersey became the 3rd state in the country to raise the tobacco sale age to 21 on July 21, 2017.
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The Legislature gave final approval to the measure in June, and Governor Christie signed it into law. About 95% of adult smokers started before reaching 21. Keeping tobacco out of the hands of young people could reduce the smoking rate by 12% and reduce smoking related deaths by 10%. New Jersey joins Hawaii and California as a leader in youth tobacco prevention. The age increase applies to cigarettes and all other tobacco products, including “e-cigarettes” and vaping products.
We thank Governor Christie for signing this life-saving legislation into law.