New Jersey is set to become the third state to raise its smoking age to 21, after Republican Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill Friday that hikes the minimum age to buy tobacco products from 19.
“We are giving young people more time to develop a maturity and better understanding of how dangerous smoking can be and that it is better to not start smoking in the first place,” Christie said in a statement.
“My mother died from the effects of smoking, and no one should lose their life due to any addictive substance.”
A reduction in smoking-related health problems also would ease the strain on the state’s health care system, Christie said.
Question: Do you think that governments should decide the appropriate age for drinking and smoking or should families?
What do you think about families who allow their children to drink and smoke before the legal age?