New Jersey may be the first state that will require young adults to be at least 21 years old when they buy tobacco or electronic cigarettes.
A state Senate committee approved a bill that raises minimum age for the purchase of cigarettes, cigars and related tobacco products to 19 in the year 2006. A new bill sponsored by Joseph Vitale and Richard Codey moves the minimum age to 21.
According to Codey, younger adults will still try to buy tobacco products. However:
“There is a segment of society that will obey the law. The more we can discourage our youth from taking up this terrible habit of smoking we will improve their lives.”
The vote count was 6 in favor and 2 against. One abstention was recorded. The next step is taking the bill to the full Senate for an official vote.
One of those that voted against was Senator Ronald Rice. He questioned the fairness of the bill, saying that it was not fair to prevent those 19 to 21 to buy cigarettes while allowing them to:
“…buy real estate, pay state and sales taxes…I’m getting tired of folk trying to tell adults what to do.”
While we wait for the full Senate’s vote, tell us what you think about the bill in the comments below. Do you agree with it or not?