New Jersey becomes 3rd state to raise smoking age to 21
TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey has become the third state to raise its smoking age to 21.
The restriction applies to tobacco products and electronic smoking devices. Christie vetoed a similar measure last year.
On Friday, he cited the strain on the health care system caused by tobacco-related illnesses. He also noted that his mother died from the effects of smoking and said raising the age gives young people more time to better understand smoking’s dangers.