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New Jersey may be second state to raise smoking age to 21 (Ben Finley, NorthJersey.com)

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New Jersey could become the second state to raise the smoking age to 21, as part of a movement that’s been spurred in part by a major study released last year and a sharp increase in electronic cigarette use among young people.

Rob Crane, president of the Ohio-based Preventing Tobacco Addiction Foundation, which supports the legislation said that so far it’s been cities that have pushed the issue into the mainstream. New York City’s law took effect in August 2014 and Boston’s will change in February.

It is still unclear if New Jersey State Gov. Chris Christie would sign A3254/S602 into law. However, he has until January 19 to decide. Read a NorthJersey.com article about the proposed bill.