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.

As WCBS 880’s Levon Putney reported, it’s part of a new trend — New York City and 14 New Jersey towns have already raised their buying age.

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“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.

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“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.

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If the legislation passes, any stores caught selling cigarettes to underage buyers would be fined.