Chris Christie signed 53 bills into law Friday, including one that raises the age for purchasing tobacco products, while vetoing 14 others.
Christie signed a bill (S-359/A-2320) that raises the minimum age from 19 to 21 for people purchasing tobacco products in New Jersey.
Christie said raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco products is "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." “My mother died from the effects of smoking, and no one should lose their life due to any addictive substance," he said in a statement.
"Additionally, the less people who develop costly tobacco habits that can cause health problems, such as lung cancer, heart disease and developmental issues, the less strain there will be on our healthcare system.” The bill, which will take effect by Jan 1, passed the Assembly by a 53-16 vote, while the Senate approved it 23-14 last year.
Christie also signed four bills that, he said, will continue New Jersey's role in fighting the national opioid epidemic.