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Christie signs law raising age from 19 to 21 for tobacco, e-cigs


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Gov. Christie on Friday signed into law legislation that raises the minimum age for purchasing tobacco products and electronic cigarettes in New Jersey from 19 to 21.

 

Vendors licensed to sell tobacco products would be subject to fines of up to $1,000 for violating the law.

Christie, a Republican, has made anti-addiction initiatives a priority of his two terms in office.

 

“By raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21, we are giving young people more time to develop a maturity and better understanding of how dangerous smoking can be, and that it is better to not start smoking in the first place,” Christie said in a statement.

 

“My mother died from the effects of smoking, and no one should lose their life due to any addictive substance,” he said. “Additionally, the less people who develop costly tobacco habits that can cause heal

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