The Bourne Board of Health approved a proposal to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products in the town from 18 to 21-years-old, making it one of a growing group of municipalities to enact such legislation after a statewide increase was passed earlier this year.
One of the problems seen with the state’s bill is that it is gradual, containing a grandfather clause for persons who attained the age of 18 before that Dec. 31, 2018, when it goes into effect. However, those individuals will still be subject to any municipal ordinance or other regulation that prohibited sales of tobacco products or vapor products to persons under the age of 19, 20 or 21 in effect on December 30, 2018.
In the case of Bourne, the town’s increase will go into effect on Dec. 28, just ahead of the deadline. The proposal was passed during the board’s Oct. 24 meeting.
Bourne is home to just under 20,000 residents and is located in the southeastern part of the state, approximately 60 miles southeast of Boston.