As the nation looks to raise the legal age to purchase tobacco to 21 some communities have begun to raise the tobacco purchase age at growing rate. This time the city of Paterson, NJ joins the movement.
On Tuesday event the City Council of Paterson voted to raise the purchase age from the state law of 19 to 21 within the confines of the city. The measure prohibits anyone under the age of 21 from purchasing tobacco, nicotine, nicotine delivery products and anything that can be smoked according to the ordinance.
The ordinance which was debated by those in attendance of the meeting cited the U.S. Surgeon General stating 90-percent of all tobacco users start before age 21.