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The measure in Highland Park follows national trends, including more than 30 towns in Massachusetts, part of Hawaii and New York City, according to Reuters. In New Jersey, Princeton is considering raising the smoking age, and Sayreville, Englewood and Teaneck have already done so.
Proponents of the measure say that it will protect future generations from adverse health risks. The local Board of Health recommended the new law at a meeting in February.
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