Lawmakers Weigh Raising NJ Smoking Age to 21


Lawmakers are again considering a bill to raise the smoking age from 19 to 21 in New Jersey.

An Assembly committee is scheduled to weigh in on the legislation Monday, a little more than a month after Republican Governor Chris Christie pocket vetoed the measure.

The bill would fine retailers up to $1,000 if they sell to anyone 20 years old or younger, but would not punish underage smokers.

New Jersey would be the second state behind Hawaii to raise the smoking age to 21.

Several other states have proposed similar measures, and the smoking age has already been raised to 21 in New York City.


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