TRENTON - New Jersey lawmakers are trying to raise the minimum age to buy cigarettes statewide.

If the bill goes through, New Jersey residents would have to be at least 21 years old to purchase tobacco products, including e-cigarettes. The current age to purchase tobacco in New Jersey is 19.

The bill’s co-sponsor, state Sen. Shirley Turner, says the bill should be approved for health reasons.

“If we can change the age to 21, then at least at that time they are adults, more mature and better-educated to realize the hazards of smoking,” she says.

New Jersey would be the only state to raise the age requirement to 21 if the bill is approved.