Gill, Mass. Approves Tobacco Purchase Age Increase


It’s certainly not the biggest score for the anti-tobacco groups in Massachusetts, but there’s another town in the Bay State that will soon be increasing the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21.

At the Gill Board of Health’s meeting on Tuesday, a number of changes to the town’s tobacco regulations were up for consideration, including the age increase and a ban on flavored tobacco and blunt wraps, all of which passed. Gill Health Board member Randy Crochier told The Recorder that there were several letters written in support as well as several people who spoke in support of the changes, but no opposition was voiced.


The changes goes into effect on Sept. 1 and affect the two tobacco retailers in the town, a package shop and gas station.

Gill is located in northern Massachusetts, approximately 90 miles west of Boston, and has a population of approximately 1,500 people.

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