Raise the Tobacco Buying Age to 21 in New Jersey

Target: Global Advisors of Smokefree Policy in New Jersey

Goal: Raise the legal tobacco buying age to 21 in New Jersey.

While the legal age to buy tobacco is higher in New Jersey than most other states, it is still too young, allowing too many young adults to develop a nicotine addiction. Although most people who buy cigarettes began smoking before they could legally buy them, it becomes much easier to obtain tobacco once one is old enough to purchase it. Often, when someone becomes of age to buy tobacco, this newfound freedom leads them to buy, and thus smoke, more tobacco than they normally would. If the legal smoking age were pushed back to 21, this newfound “freedom” would be delayed until the smoker was older, more mature, and less likely to be impulsive by buying more tobacco than they would normally consume. In order to stop young people from developing a nicotine addiction, it is imperative that the legal age to buy tobacco in New Jersey be changed to 21.

It is no surprise that smoking tobacco causes many ailments from tuberculosis to cancer. The younger one begins smoking, the more likely he or she is to develop a tobacco-related illness. By pushing the legal age to buy tobacco back, people will not be able to smoke as much until they are older, thus reducing the possibility that they develop a tobacco-related illness at a young age. Also, smoking significantly decreases life expectancy. The later people begin to smoke, the longer they will likely live. Thus, it is imperative that the smoking age in NJ be pushed back to 21 in order to reduce smoking related illnesses in young adults.


Dear Global Advisors of Smokefree Policy in New Jersey,

It is extremely important that the legal age to buy tobacco in New Jersey be pushed back to 21. While New Jersey does have a more strict buying age than most states, we are still allowing teenagers to buy cigarettes. Most people who smoke cigarettes often start before they are legally able to buy tobacco, but once they are able to, most teenagers will abuse this freedom and begin smoking much more than they normally would have. Having the freedom to buy cigarettes whenever you want leads one to overindulge, thus creating a nicotine addiction. If the age to buy tobacco is pushed back, smokers will have a few more years to mature thus reducing the tendency to buy impulsively.

The younger people begin to smoke, the more likely they are to develop an addiction as well as a tobacco-related illness. If we push back the legal age to buy tobacco, people are more likely to begin smoking later and will likely smoke less than they would if they started buying cigarettes at age nineteen. This will lead to less people developing tuberculosis, lung cancer, and other tobacco related ailments. In order to protect the youth as well as the future health of New Jersey citizens, the legal age to buy tobacco must be pushed back to 21.


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