A pair of anti-tobacco ordinances received the approval of the Ashburnham Board of Health this week, as a person will soon have to be at least 21-years-old to purchase tobacco and tobacco alternative products, while the sale of flavored tobacco products is being banned.

The age increase was enacted as a way to close a loophole in the upcoming statewide increase, which allows persons over 18-years-old as of Dec. 31 to continue to purchase tobacco products, though they would be subject to any local age restrictions in place before the end of the year.

Both measures still need to receive a final approval at the board’s December meeting, but are expected to move forward without issue and should be in effect by the end of the year, according to a report by SentinelAndEnterprise.com.

Ashburnham is home to approximately 6,300 residents.

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