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Nov 02

New Jersey Increases Legal Age of Sale for Purchase of Tobacco Products

On November 1, 2017, New Jersey’s new law raising the age for purchasing tobacco products and electronic smoking devices from 19 to 21 took effect. Raising the minimum age to 21 helps protect New Jersey youth from the deadly effects of tobacco use.

New Jersey is the 3rd state in the nation to raise the smoking purchase age to 21 following Hawaii and California. Approximately 13.5% of New Jersey adults between the ages of 18 and 24 smoke, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). About 11,800 adults die annually in New Jersey from smoking related illnesses.

Governor Christie has made reducing tobacco use a part of his anti-addiction initiatives.

For more information about the new law and about New jersey’s Tobacco Control program, visit #NJ21TobaccoLaw on social media

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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