NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — New York City’s push to raise the tobacco purchase age has now spread across the Hudson River.
Sen. Richard Codey and Assemblyman Ruben Ramos plan to introduce a bill Monday in Trenton to raise New Jersey’s minimum age for buying cigarettes from 19 to 21.
“I think we have to send a message to our young adults: to smoke is no joke,” Codey said. “Effects of smoking at a young age is you’re going to die sooner, your children will have you less years.”
Codey made the announcement Thursday at City Hall in Manhattan.
While the threshold already has been raised to 21 in two Boston suburbs, the idea has gained more attention since City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and colleagues proposed it in New York City last month. Some state lawmakers have since proposed doing likewise throughout New York.