Beginning in November, the age to purchase cigarettes in New Jersey will jump from 19 to 21. Another move by Gov. Chris Christie to desperately try to shape a legacy which is almost certain to be about a bridge and a beach.
Authorities said Tuesday they have proof UPS knowingly shipped about 700,000 cartons of untaxed cigarettes from Native American reservations to consumers and smoke shops from 2010 to 2014, even though they had agreed more than a decade ago to stop.
Governor Christie vetoed a bill in 2014 that would ban smoking at New Jersey beaches. It had overwhelming support on both sides of the aisle. So why didn't they just override his veto? Back then, Republicans were hesitant to challenge Christie. Things could be different now.
A new study might help the push for regulations to limit nicotine in cigarettes. Smokers who switched to special low-nicotine ones wound up smoking less and were more likely to try to quit, researchers found.
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