21: New Jersey's New Legal Smoking Age

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed a bill into law on Friday, July 21st, to raise the smoking age in New Jersey.

The state has become the third in the country to raise its smoking age to 21 years old. The measure raises the age from 19.

Hawaii and California are the only other states where 21 is the legal smoking age.

The restriction applies to tobacco products and electronic smoking devices.

Christie vetoed a similar measure last year, but this year cited the strain on the healthcare 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 the dangers of smoking. 

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