The City of Trenton joined a growing list of cities and states across the country that are choosing to protect kids and young adults from nicotine addiction and chronic disease by raising the age to purchase tobacco to 21. The Trenton City Council passed the ordinance on February 16, 2017.
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About 95% of adult smokers picked up the habit prior to their 21st birthday. Smoking is still the number one cause of preventable death in the nation, contributing to heart disease, stroke, cancer and respiratory diseases.
The purchase age increase also applies to e-cigarettes, a product that more and more children and young people are using. Rates of youth e-cigarette use have skyrocketed as the products become more popular and visible. The long-term risks associated with these products is unknown, but the vapor often contains nicotine, the addictive substance in cigarettes.
We applaud the Trenton City Council for taking proactive steps to protect their young residents from the dangers of nicotine addiction. It is our hope that the State of New Jersey will soon follow suit by raising the tobacco purchase age to 21 throughout the Garden State.