The Borough of Haledon, N.J. is increasing the age to purchase tobacco products today from the state minimum of 19 to 21-years-old.

The increase, which was approved by the borough council on Sept. 21, makes Haledon the 21st city in the state to pass such an increase. It applies to both traditional tobacco products as well as e-cigaettes, though nicotine patches and gum are excluded.

Retailers who violate the new rule will face fines starting at $250 and escalating to $1,000 for a third offense.

Haledon is home to approximately 8,385 residents and located roughly 17 miles north of Newark.

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