Lawmakers debate bill to raise New Jersey's smoking age to 21

A bill in the state Legislature could raise the legal age to buy tobacco in New Jersey to 21. The restriction would include cigarettes, cigars,

The restriction would include cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco

The restriction would include cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco and e-cigarettes. (Credit: News 12 New Jersey)

TRENTON - A bill in the state Legislature could raise the legal age to buy tobacco in New Jersey to 21.

The restriction would include cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco and e-cigarettes.

If approved, New Jersey would have the highest age limit in the country.

"Nicotine is more addictive than heroin," says state Sen. Joseph Vitale. "So when someone starts smoking, whether it's a traditional cigarette or electronic cigarette or cigar or even chewing tobacco for that matter, the nicotine in there is enormously addictive and difficult to stop once you've started."

The bill is one of several anti-smoking proposals making their way through the Legislature.

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