On July 21, 2017, New Jersey
became the 3rd state to raise the minimum legal sales age for all tobacco products to 21, following Hawaii
in June 2015 and California
in May 2016. Governor Chris Christie had vetoed a similar measure the previous year, but signed bill S-359/A-2320 into law, citing health care cost savings and the policy's ability to prevent youth tobacco use initiation. At least 28 New Jersey cities and towns
, including Princeton, Rutherford, and Trenton had passed ordinances raising the age to 21 at the local level. The new state law will go into effect November 1st, increasing New Jersey's minimum age from 19 to 21. Read the full text of New Jersey's Tobacco 21 law
On July 6th, the Oregon House of Representative passed a bill that would raise the minimum legal sales age for tobacco from 18 to 21 statewide. The Senate passed the measure in March 2017, and Governor Kate Brown is expected to sign the bill. Tobacco 21
has been a goal of Oregon legislators for the past 3 years. In March, 2017, Lane County became the first locality in Oregon to raise the age to 21. The policy will go into effect January 1, 2018 to give residents and retailers time to adjust to the new policy. The bill includes all tobacco and nicotine products, e-cigarettes, and other "inhalant delivery systems" not approved for sale as cessation devices by the FDA. All language prohibiting possession of tobacco products by those under 21 was removed from the bill before it passed. Learn more about Oregon's Tobacco 21 policy here
. Read the full text of Oregon Tobacco 21 policy.
could be the next state in line. The state's legislature passed a bill in June that would raise the age to 21, and that bill is now headed to Governor Paul LePage's desk.
Learn more about raising the minimum legal sales age to 21