HACKENSACK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A city in New Jersey is considering upping the legal age to purchase tobacco products to 21.

Hackensack City Manager David Troast told 1010 WINS’ Rebecca Granet the council is working to make the right choice for the city.

“I think the entire council believes that smoking is not something that is a good thing to do, but is it our role to prevent somebody from making that choice?” he said.

Troast added that they’re in the information gathering stage. And the issues to sort through include the impact on the business community and matters of enforcement.

“The city of Hackensack is not that large that you can’t just walk across the street and get into another town to buy it,” he said.

If Hackensack does pass the ordinance, it would join a handful of New Jersey municipalities, like Teaneck, that have upped the tobacco purchasing age.

“I would tell them to take the next step and let’s move it on to the next municipality so we can eventually have a statewide ban,” said Teaneck Mayor Lizette Parker.

Troast pointed out that the ordinance only increases the age at which you can purchase tobacco, not smoke it.

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