Belchertown, Mass. Ups Tobacco Purchase Age, Approves Smoking Ban

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Monday was a good day for the anti-tobacco crowd in Massachusetts, as the movement to raise the minimum purchase age to 21 scored another victory while fans of smoking bans got a win as well.

The Belchertown Board of Health implemented a new smoking ban that will apply to all town-owned lands, including beaches, parks and outside of town-owned buildings. It also amended existing laws to prohibit smoking outside of bars and restaurants where food is served.

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The smoking ban component will go into effect on July 1, while the minimum age to purchase tobacco products and related paraphernalia goes up on January 1, 2017, a delay that they say will give businesses time to prepare, according to MassLive.com.

Belchertown is a suburb of Springfield, Mass. and is located approximately 80 miles west of Boston. It has a 2010 population estimate of 14,649 residents.

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