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Garfield, N.J. Expected to Increase Tobacco Purchase Age to 21

It appears that the city of Garfield, N.J. will be raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco products from 19 to 21 at its April 14 meeting.

The proposal was introduced on March 24 when a group called the Global Advisors on Smoke-Free Policy gave a presentation to the city council on the matter. A report on called described adoption of the change to be expected.

Smoking in city parks and facilities has been in place since 2013, while an ordinance was passed in 2014 that limits all tobacco retailers to a zone on Route 46 and prohibited them from being located within 1,000 feet of a church or school.

Several cities in New Jersey have already raised the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21, including Bogota, Englewood, Sayreville and Teaneck. Princeton is also close to approving a similar age increase.

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