The Springfield, Mass. suburb of Chicopee has become the latest city to approve an increase in the minimum age to purchase tobacco products, as on Monday the city’s board of health approved a proposal to make 21 the minimum age by a 3-0 vote.
While the city has not yet posted the board’s meeting agenda or anything related to the increase on its website, a report from MassLive.com indicates that the increase will go into effect on April 22. Retailers will face a $100 fine for a first violation of selling tobacco or e-cigarettes to someone under 21, which then increases to $200 for a second offense within two years and $300 for any subsequent violations.
Chicopee is located just five miles north of Springfield and has a population of approximately 56,000 residents.