The board of health in Brockton, Mass. joined the growing bandwagon of cities increasing the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21-years-old, approving the proposal at its meeting last week.
In addition, the board approved a cap on the number of tobacco retailer permits to the number that currently exist in the city, and banned the grandfathering of a permit should a business be sold. Pharmacies will also be prohibited from selling any sort of tobacco products, while the sale of single cigars and blunt wraps will also be prohibited, as will packages of two or more cigars for less than five dollars, according to The Enterprise.
The changes will go into effect on Sept. 30, with violations starting at $100.
Brockton is home to approximately 95,000 people and is located 20 miles south of Boston.