Kingston, Mass. became the second town this week to increase the minimum age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21-year-old, as the town’s board of health approved the proposal by a 4-1 vote at its meeting on Monday.
The age increase wasn’t the only tobacco-related change approved on Monday, as the board also voted to cap the number of tobacco retailer licenses at the current number of 18 and banned the sale of tobacco products within 500 feet of a school, according to Wicked Local Kingston.
Two proposals failed to pass however, one limiting the sale of flavored tobacco and another limiting the sale of blunt wraps. Both failed by a 3-2 vote.
The town council must still sign off on the changes before they become law.
Kingston is located in the southeastern corner of the state, about 35 miles southeast of Boston. It has an estimated population of nearly 13,000 residents.