TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — The New Jersey Assembly is set to vote Thursday on a bill that would ban the sale of cigarettes to anyone under 21.Sources: Ex-Boyfriend Gunned Down Lizbeth Mass While She Was Working At Construction Site On City Island
“This is about good public health policy,” said Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle, D-Englewood, who is co-sponsoring the bill. “And when you look at the statistics, 95 percent of adult smokers begin smoking before they turn 21.READ MORE: New Jersey Ranked 48th In List Of Best States In The U.S.
“If you look at our drinking laws, we went from 18 to 21, and I believe when you raise the age, our youth become more informed and educated and aware at that point.”
She added that studies show smoking can hurt teenage brain development.MORE NEWS: New York Philharmonic Performs At The Shed As Part Of New York PopsUp Series
If the legislation passes, any stores caught selling cigarettes to underage buyers would be fined.