I saw this article over the weekend, and wanted to share it with my readers. While I am usually a strong supporter of autonomy and the right of adolescents and teens to make decisions. When it comes to addictive substances, like tobacco, I believe this law will help emerging adults by making it illegal to smoke during later adolescence when peer pressure is so strong.
New Jersey just raised the minimum age to buy tobacco to 21, joining California and Hawaii.
The new law was signed by Gov. Chris Christie and is set to take affect on Nov. 1. The law includes the sale of all tobacco and electronic tobacco and smoking products.
New Jersey’s smoking age was already higher than most states after it previously made the minimum age to buy tobacco products 19 in 2005.
What are your thoughts? Do you think that your state should follow the trend?