The Tobacco Age of Sale Enforcement Program enforces New Jersey’s tobacco control laws, which prohibit the sale of tobacco to persons under the age of 19.
The Tobacco Age of Sale Enforcement Program:
Since its creation, the TASE Program has dramatically increased merchant compliance with tobacco control laws.
Currently, more than 88 percent of merchants comply with the law and refuse to sell tobacco to underage youth.
In 1994, only 16 percent of merchants sampled complied with the age-of-sale law in effect at the time, while 84 percent of merchants sold tobacco to underage youths.
Two laws enacted in 1996 strengthened New Jersey’s tobacco age-of-sale enforcement effort and lead to the creation of the TASE Program. One law gave the Commissioner of Health clear authority to enforce tobacco control laws, and to delegate that responsibility to local health departments. The second law provided a funding mechanism for enforcement activities.
New Jersey Smoke-free Air Act
Minimum Age for Sale and Purchase of Tobacco Raised from 18 to 19
Civil Penalties for Illegal Sale of Tobacco Products to Minors
Penalties for Illegal Sale of Tobacco Products to Minors
Law Authorizing Commissioner to Enforce Existing Law Prohibiting Sale of Tobacco to Minors
Summary: Federal Law Regarding Sale of Tobacco To Minors