Another Massachusetts town is heading down the path of increasing tobacco purchasing requirements to 21-years of age. Hudson Board of Health is considering a variety of tobacco restrictions, including the aforementioned age restrictions, and a ban on smoking in parks.
While five states are currently considering statewide legislation for a 21-year ban, Massachusetts is serving as the test bed. Dr. Lester Hartman, a Massachusetts-based pediatrician, has made it his personal mission to raise age requirements in the states and his city-by-city efforts have amounted to many law changes.
Hudson health officials cited the 21-year requirements effectiveness in Needham, Hartman’s home town. The exact time table on a vote on the measure is unknown, but Sam Wong, the director of public and community healthy services, expects it to be voted on at an upcoming meeting.