Tobacco Free for Healthy New Jersey

A statewide, comprehensive tobacco control resource directory that promotes tobacco free living outdoors, at work and at home.


As of November 1, 2017, the legal age for purchasing tobacco products and electronic smoking devices in New Jersey is 21. Raising the minimum age from 19 to 21 helps protect young people from the deadly effects of tobacco use. New Jersey is the third state in the nation to raise the smoking-purchase age to 21 following Hawaii and California. Your participation in raising awareness of the new legal age requirement is important. Please post the “Tobacco Age of Sale” sign in a public area to help inform people about the new law.

Helping Communities Reduce the Effects of Tobacco

The New Jersey Department of Health takes the following measures to encourage our communities to prevent the use of tobacco products and their harmful effects.

Point of Sale:

Mobilize communities to adopt the implementation Point-of- Sale strategies. Through the performance of store audits, these interventions aim to prescribe stronger local laws directed at retailers in order to restrict minors’ access to tobacco products.

In support of this effort, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) operates the Tobacco Compliance Check Inspection Program.  This program is described further here.

Outdoor Smoke Free Ordinance:

Facilitate community coalitions to promote the adoption of Outdoor Smoke-Free Recreational Ordinances.

Smoke Free Housing

Promote the implementation of smoke-free policies in public multi-unit housing (as well as multi-unit housing in low income communities) with the use of the developed toolkit.  To learn more and to get a copy of the toolkit, you can visit our grantee's website

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Worksite Wellness


Promote the implementation of smoke-free worksite policies, with the use of the Working Well in NJ Toolkit.  To download a free copy of the toolkit, please register here

If you'd like to see what employers are saying about the Working Well in NJ Toolkit and more information on what the toolkit contains, click here for a preview.



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Last Reviewed: 10/26/2017