Scituate Raises to 21 Age for Buying Tobacco

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Health officials in Scituate, Massachusetts, voted a bill to raise to 21 the minimum age to buy cigarettes. The initiative makes part of set of regulations directed on reducing tobacco use among youth by making it illegal to buy tobacco if you are under permitted age.

This week took place the Board of Health meeting, on which members raised the purchase age limit, restricted e-cigarettes use in public places, banned cigar and hookah bars, and restricted the sale of single cheap cigars which have a price lower than $2.50.

Besides this, there were raised fees for tobacco licenses to $200 from $100 a year along with the penalties for violations.  Board Chairman Russell Clark told that the business owners didn’t show their outrage about the law. The new regulation goes into action from May 1, and till then business owners will have enough time to dispose of that product.

Board of Health has been discussing the changes for a long period of time, but had said they probably would not touch to the age limits.  However, in spite of initial plans, the legal age for buying tobacco is going to be increased from 18 to 21. Clark considers this was the right move.

The Board discussed an increase to 19 but finally decided to increase to 21 as it is the age when liquor is permitted to buy and it would be perfectly to have this age for tobacco sales too. In the state of Massachusetts such towns as Sharon, Canton, Needham, Arlington, Ashland, Wellesley, Dedham, Dover already raised the limit to 21. Westwood, Brookline, Sudbury, Belmont, Watertown,  Walpole allow buying tobacco from 19.

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