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NJ Smoking Age May Be Raised To 21 (South Orange Patch, Eric Kiefer)

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According to the South Orange Patch’s article published on December 12, 2015 , on Thursday, a New Jersey State Assembly panel approved a bill that would raise the legal purchasing age for cigarettes and electronic smoking devices such as e-vapes to 21. The proposed bill, passed in the Senate in June, now heads to the full Assembly for a vote. If approved, the only remaining hurdle would be approval from the governor’s desk.

According to the state Office of Legislative Services, based on data suggesting that individuals aged 19 and 20 currently purchase about 8.2 million packs of cigarettes per year in New Jersey, the new law would result in a $19 million annual loss for the state from related taxes.

Read the full text of the proposed bill .