In a unanimous vote on Tuesday night, the Lawrence, Mass. Board of Health voted to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products in the city to 21, a change that will go into effect on March 1, 2015.
The board also passed a pair of tobacco-related changes, the first of which requires that all cigars sold as singles must have a minimum price of $2.50 per stick, or otherwise be sold in a package with a minimum of four cigars. The second requires all tobacco retailers to post signage about enrolling in tobacco cessation programs.
A vote on whether or not to ban electronic hookahs from bars, nightclubs and restaurants was delayed so that the board could gather more information about the health effects of the devices, according to the Eagle-Tribune.
Lawrence is located just under 30 miles north of Boston and is home to nearly 78,000 residents.