Princeton Becomes 5th N.J. Town Prohibiting Tobacco Sales to Customers Under 21; Should Lakewood Follow? Poll

smoking in park lkwd - tls photoCustomers under 21 years old will no longer be able to purchase tobacco products in Princeton.

The town’s board of health unanimously adopted an ordinance Monday night banning tobacco sales to a broader population, making Princeton the fifth town in New Jersey to enact such a law.

“The real impact of increasing the tobacco age of sale is putting the legal purchase outside of the social circle of those who initiate,” board member George DiFerdinando said. “It has minimal impact on those who are currently smoking.”

Princeton joins Bogota, Englewood, Sayreville and Teaneck in adopting an ordinance that requires customers to be a bit older than the state age requirement of 19 to purchase tobacco products. Read more in Star Ledger.

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  1. I feel Lakewood should definitely follow this rule. It’s a Shame how many (Serious Good Bochurim) from the Best Yeshivos in Lkwd are smoking Let’s Ban Ciggerates for their age once and for all

  2. What is wrong with this country? We allow an 18 year old to vote and decide the fate of an entire country by chosing who they think is fit to run this country, yet we don’t find them competant enough to decide between Marlboros or Pall Malls? We allow them to chose and marry a significant other but not a bottle of booze? Old enough to spend life in prison for insurance fraud or murder but too young to decide whether their $2 is a wise investment in a scratch-off ticket? There has got to be one age that separates the minors and the adults.

  3. i really feel they should ban it.

    but lets be honest how much will this really help? how much percent of people under 21 will just ask their older friend to buy for them? probably about %80 of them. so not that many are going to stop smoking if any.

  4. although i voted yes, that we should increase the age limit for tobacco products. i don’t think E-Cigarettes should be classified as a tobacco product at all. i think there should be some regulation to check what is being put into the liquid that goes in it. but i don’t see how inhaling some vapor is any worse then taking a hot shower and inhaling thousands of times more vapor… (for the record, i don’t smoke/inhale anything)

  5. In response to president:
    First of all, the occupant of the Office of the Presidency being who it is, why would you not call yourself something else?
    Secondly, you are correct. There should be no difference between crime, tobacco, voting, lotteries, booze, etc. Give a serious look at the responsibility levels our 18 year olds… even at our 21 year olds, and you’ll see why the age limit for ALL these should be raised to 25!!

  6. totally agree with Realist- the minimum age for most things should be 25. Albeit, I would have no problem keeping smoking at 18. (And I can’t stand smoking, but I love craft beer- but would still endorse raising the drinking age to 25- even though it would hurt the craft beer industry)

  7. Not disagreeing on that point. For all I care make that age 31 but at least be consistent in all areas. If an individual is responsible enough to vote he’s responsible enough to purchase tobacco. If he’s responsible enough to buy tobacco… alcohol…. etc

  8. All changing the legal age would do is push the now underage smokers into the black market. There is no shortage of people willing to sell smokes to smokers under 18 now, why would that change if the minimum age is raised?

  9. Hopefully 25 year olds have a bit more sense. Also if a 25 year old is caught buying smokes or alcohol for anyone underaged the penalty should be made much more severe so as to be a real deterant.

  10. Every town should follow this rule, in the least. But of all towns, this one actually has members justifying the necessity of smoking cigarettes and on how if it is your only vice, then you have a special immunity to its dangers. UNBELIEVABLE!!!

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