Englewood first town in NJ to raise smoking age to 21

Smokers in one Bergen County town now have

Smokers in one Bergen County town now have to be old enough to drink if they want to buy cigarettes. (Credit: News 12 New Jersey)

ENGLEWOOD - Smokers in one Bergen County town now have to be old enough to drink if they want to buy cigarettes.

Englewood has become the first municipality in New Jersey to raise the age from 18 to 21.

The new law includes cigars and e-cigarettes as well.

Bharat Patel, the owner of Town Stationery says he supports the new movement.  He says it might hurt his business to an extent, but it's the right thing to do. "Twenty-one years is good. Before 19 is too young," he says, adding that the change is "good for humanity."

The New Jersey Gasoline-Convenience-Automotive Association says the law is taking away freedom of choice from adults who are old enough to sign a contract, get married or go to war.

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