A proposal to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21 in Braintree, Mass. has been scheduled for a vote by the city council, who will decide the matter at its June 19 meeting. The announcement came at the end of a public hearing on May 15, the culmination of a nearly month-long fact-finding mission that was laid out by council chairman Dr. Philip Nedelman.
Should the proposal pass, it would go into effect on October 1 and target retailers who sell tobacco products to those under age, with first-time fines starting at $100 and escalating to $300 and a 10-day suspension of the store’s tobacco sales permit for a second offense. A third violation would bring on a 30-day suspension of the sales permit and a $500 fine, while a fourth violation would mean a retailer would lose its license for a year and have to pay a $500 fine.
The change would also apply to e-cigarettes and other nicotine delivery devices, according to WickedLocal.
Braintree is a suburb south of Boston with approximately 35,000 residents.