Easthampton, Mass. to Raise Tobacco Purchase Age to 21, Restrict Flavored Tobacco Sales

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The Easthampton, Mass. board of health approved an increase to the minimum age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21-years-old at its monthly meeting this past Tuesday.

Additionally, the board approved restrictions on the sale of flavored tobacco products, limiting them to adult-only speciality tobacco retailers, with the exception of menthol, wintergreen, and peppermint flavors. Electronic cigarettes and alternative delivery devices are also being restricted to adult-only tobacco stores.

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A cap was also placed on the number of tobacco retailer permits the city will issue, limiting it to the current number of 19. All of the changes will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2018, according to a report by the Daily Hampshire Gazette.

Finally, cigars must now sell for at least $2.50 per stick, with packages containing multiple cigars now requiring a minimum price of five dollars.

Easthampton is located in central Massachusetts, just under 100 miles west of Boston. It has a population of just over 16,000 residents.

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