New Jersey is looking to join New York in raising the minimum age to buy cigarettes in the state to 21.
Senator Richard Codey and Assemblyman Ruben Ramos announced the proposed legislation along with City Council Speaker Christine Quinn at City Hall in New York on Thursday.
Quinn proposed a similar move for New York about a month ago. "This has now truly become a regional, if not national, effort," she said, according to an Associated Press report on WSJ.com.
“Research shows that a large majority of casual smokers become addicted between the ages of 18 and 21,” Codey said, according to the Burlington County Times. “If we can limit access to tobacco products during those formative years it will buy them time that could save their lives.”