Skip in Skip
x

Embed

x
CLOSE

Here's the latest: New White House Communications Director named; Strong quake rocks Aegean resorts; Palestinians clash with Israeli troops over metal detectors; and President Donald Trump meets with USS Arizona survivors. AP

LINKEDINCOMMENTMORE

TRENTON - New Jersey has become the third state in the country to raise its smoking age to 21.

Republican Gov. Chris Christie signed into law Friday a measure that raises the age from 19.

Hawaii and California are the only other states whose smoking age is 21.

More: Officials vote to ban smoking on Wildwood boardwalk
More: NJ again spends nothing on anti-smoking efforts
More: Evesham police: Man recorded another man in Chick-Fil-A restroom

The restriction applies to tobacco products and electronic smoking devices.

Christie vetoed a similar measure last year.

On Friday he cited the strain on the health care system caused by tobacco-related illnesses.

He also noted that his mother died from the effects of smoking and said raising the age gives young people more time to better understand smoking’s dangers.

LINKEDINCOMMENTMORE
Read or Share this story: http://www.courierpostonline.com/story/news/local/new-jersey/2017/07/22/new-jersey-becomes-3rd-state-raise-smoking-age-21/501549001/