Reducing E-cigarette and Tobacco Use Among New Jersey Youth

To curb the increasing use of JUUL and other e cigarette products among New Jersey middle and high school students, the Department of Health is investing $7 million in a youth education campaign “Youth Action Teams” that are developing social media messages to prevent peers from using these products.

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Tobacco as a Risk Factor

Tobacco use is a known risk factor for many diseases.  Here are some programs that the Department of Health administers to address some of these diseases.

Cancer Screening and Early Detection Locations

Asthma Awareness and Education Program (AAEP)

Heart Disease & Stroke

Diabetes Prevention and Control

The Office of Tobacco Control, Nutrition and Fitness

As part of the State’s ongoing effort to address tobacco use, treatment, and exposure to secondhand smoke, we offer funding to qualified agencies to help and encourage people to quit tobacco use and to conduct prevention and enforcement activities.

New Tobacco Age of Sale Law

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. More

Businesses that sell tobacco products are required to post visible signage that explains the law and describes the penalties for its violation. These materials are available on the Regulations page.

Downloadable poster (PDF)


New Jersey Quitline

NJ Quitline is a telephone-based tobacco cessation counseling service with a proven record of increasing smokers’ chances of staying smoke-free for good. More

Why Should You Avoid Using Tobacco?

About one in six New Jersey adults (15.1 percent) in New Jersey smokes cigarettes regularly, according to the 2014 New Jersey Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. Every year, tobacco claims more lives than AIDS, alcohol, drug abuse, car crashes, murders, suicides, and fires combined.

Risks of Smoking: 

  • Smokers are at greater risk for diseases that affect the heart and blood vessels
  • Smoking can cause lung disease by damaging your airways your lungs
  • Smoking can cause cancer almost anywhere in your body
  • Smoking can make it harder for a woman to become pregnant and can affect her baby's health before and after birth
Last Reviewed: 2/11/2019