New Jersey Governor Chris Christie recently joined the ranks of just two other states when he signed a bill into law that raises the smoking age to 21. Governor Christie cited the overall health of the community and strains on the state healthcare system as being the main impetus behind the change.
Tobacco Products and Youth
Although Governor Christie vetoed a similar bill last year, he went forward with this year’s bill. Christie shared his belief that by raising the legal age to purchase tobacco products to 21, New Jersey is encouraging its youth to more carefully consider the decision to smoke or use tobacco products. With maturity comes increased knowledge, and by pushing the legal age out from 19 to 21, New Jersey allows its young people more time to make informed choices when it comes to tobacco. The real goal, of course, is to dissuade New Jersey youth from ever smoking in the first place.
Tobacco Products and Healthcare Costs
New Jersey joins both Hawaii and California in raising the legal smoking age to 21; Maine is also considering making the switch. The heavy burden that smoking effects on the health of citizens is the motivating factor behind these new laws. The two democratic senators who cosponsored the New Jersey bill site reports that estimate the healthcare expense exacted by smoking (not including the effects of secondhand smoke or smokeless tobacco usage) is four billion dollars a year in New Jersey alone.
If You Don’t Smoke, Don’t Start
The new law was drafted to help keep New Jersey’s youth from ever using tobacco products in the first place. Data suggests that those who haven’t taken up smoking by the age of 21 are unlikely to take it up later in life. While this new bill can’t stop underage smokers from using fake IDs, it does make it more difficult for those under 21 to purchase tobacco. In the end, legislators hope to spare New Jersey’s youth from lifelong smoking habits that are notoriously hard to kick and that can wreak havoc on their health.
In New Jersey, it is unlawful to possess, display, create, and/or sell a fake ID. Any one of these actions is a crime that’s punishable by jail time and that carries the stigma of a criminal record. New Jersey takes its fake ID laws very seriously, and you should too.
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