Town of Canton Raises Legal Age to Buy Cigarettes


The town of Canton is making it harder for its citizens to buy cigarettes.  The Patriot Ledger reports, that at the beginning of the week the board of health Canton voted for a new law which raises age to buy cigarettes from 18 to 21 years old.

John Ciccotelli, Canton’s director of public health, said the new regulations are intended to reduce the use of tobacco products by youth. According to a study made by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the majority of underage smokers receive cigarettes from people between the ages of 18 and 21.

However, e-cigarettes escaped this ban as they are considered to be useful for people who want to quit smoking regular cigarettes.

Ciccotelli said that the way the law was written it was a bit of an oversight. E-cigarettes are not yet proved to be safe and people do not really recognize the role that electronic cigarettes have.

The law comes into action from January 1 and it includes a condition that it will be abolished in five years in case it would not be effective. The board of health intends to monitor the regulation’s effectiveness by surveying students in Canton’s public schools.

The opponents of new tobacco regulations say that they would hurt small, local businesses.  Steve Ryan, executive director of the new England Convenience Store Association, claims that when one community puts restrictions within its community, and other communities have no these restrictions, this creates economic disadvantage for small businesses.

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