Just over a month since increasing the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21, the Medway Board of Health has passed several new restrictions aimed at further restricting access to tobacco by its younger citizens.
On Monday, the board voted passed a proposal that bans the sale of single cigars under the cost of $2.50, as well as banning the sale of blunt wraps and the use of tobacco vending machines according to Wicked Local Medway. Additionally, pharmacies are now prohibited from selling tobacco products.
The board had originally sought a minimum price as high as $7.50 per cigar, but comments from members of the public helped get the cost floor down to $2.50.Neither the agenda or minutes from the meeting have been posted on the board’s website as of yet.
The regulations that were passed on Monday will go into effect on Sept. 15.
Medway is located in Norfolk County, approximately 23 miles southwest of Boston, and is home to nearly 13,000 residents.