MONTAGUE — With hopes other towns will follow, the Board of Health has made Montague the first town in Franklin County to raise the smoking age to 21 and ban flavored tobacco. The changes take effect July 1.
The board on Wednesday night approved draft regulations recently under discussion, banning sales of any flavored tobacco product — with the exception of menthol and other mint flavors — and raising the age for tobacco purchase from 18 to 21.
The move makes Montague the first town in Franklin County to take the steps, which proponents said are intended to prevent tobacco addiction by restricting sales to a vulnerable market and banning flavored products said to target young smokers.
Leverett’s Board of Health passed the regulations later Wednesday night, according to Mary Kersell of the Franklin and Hampshire Substance and Tobacco Prevention Partnership.Publicación original:
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