The Amherst Town Board will soon be looking at a number of tobacco-related ordinances that could make the town of nearly 125,000 people in western New York home to some of the most restrictive laws in the country.

The moves come in an attempt to restrict tobacco access to youth and prevent residents from becoming addicted to cigarettes and other tobacco products. Among the topics being discussed include an increase in the minimum age to purchase tobacco from 18 to 21, a ban on tobacco sales in pharmacies and within 1,500 feet of schools, a ban on the sale of flavored tobacco and banning the use of electronic cigarettes wherever the use of tobacco products are banned.

“This is not intended to restrict adults from smoking,” said Councilmember Steven D. Sanders to “This is trying to stop the next generation of smokers from becoming addicted to tobacco products.”

Sanders will be submitting a resolution regarding these issues to the town board on Monday.

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