Falmouth, Mass. Approves Increase in Age to Purchase Tobacco

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The board of health in the town of Falmouth, Mass., located in the famed Cape Cod region of the state, has approved a proposal to increase the age to purchase tobacco and nicotine delivery products.

On Monday, the board passed the increase unanimously, and it will go into effect 45 days after publication in the Falmouth Enterprise, which is expected to happen in the next two to three weeks, according to a report on the newspaper’s website. That would put the increase into effect in mid-May.

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As more and more cities and towns in Massachusetts increase the age to purchase tobacco, this  move could set off a chain reaction of the neighboring towns of Mashpee, Sandwich and Bourne increasing the age to purchase tobacco products as well. Falmouth’s health leaders have already been in contact with health officials in those towns to discuss the idea.

Falmouth is home to an estimated 31,500 residents.

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