Deerfield, Mass. To Raise Minimum Age to Purchase Tobacco to 21 (Update)


As of the start of the new year, Deerfield, Mass. will join the group of cities where a person must be at least 21-years-old to purchase tobacco products, as the town’s board of health approved the increase at its meeting on Tuesday night. It goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2017.

While the board approved the increase, it will have to hold a revote in two weeks due to an improper posting of the regulations, but its decision is not expected to change, according to a report from


The town had a 2010 population estimate of 5,125 people. It is located in the northwestern part of the state, 35 miles north of Springfield.

Update (Dec. 15, 2016) — The board approved the increase once again at its Dec. 14 meeting. It still goes into effect on Jan. 1.

This story was originally published on Dec. 1.

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