While a statewide increase to the tobacco purchasing age is going to Massachusetts, a number of cities and towns are deciding that it won’t happen fast enough and are passing their own increases. That list grew once again recently as the Hingham Board of Health passed an increase in the minimum age from 19 to 21-years-old that will go into effect on Dec. 30.
That date is key, as the language in the state’s increase says that individuals who attained the age of 18 before Dec. 31, 2018 would be allowed to continue purchasing tobacco products, though they would be subject to any municipal ordinance or other regulation that prohibited sales of tobacco products or vapor products to persons under the age of 19, 20 or 21 in effect on Dec. 30, 2018.
In 2014, Hingham joined a group of cities increasing the minimum age to purchase tobacco products from 18, passing an increase to 19-years-old.
Hingham is located 17 miles southeast of Boston and is home to approximately 22,000 residents.