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.
Gov. Chris Christie has dedicated his final year in office to addressing the opioid epidemic, but the state's failure to spend on smoking cessation efforts when thousands of people still die annually from tobacco-related illnesses has drawn derision from advocates and public health officials.
A well-financed campaign backed by billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer, medical groups and organized labor has collected enough signatures for a ballot measure to raise California's cigarette tax by $2 a pack, officials said.