Meriden, Conn. Approves Tobacco Purchasing Age Increase

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At its meeting this week, the Meriden City Council approved a proposal that will raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products and tobacco alternatives such as e-cigarettes to 21-years-old this fall.

The item was approved by an 8-2 vote according to a report by MyRecordJournal.comwhich added that retailers who sell to an underage person will receive a written warning for a first violation, a $100 fine for a second violation and a $250 fine for any subsequent violations.

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The increase is scheduled to go into effect 180 days following its adoption, which would be Oct. 12, 2019.

Meriden is home to nearly 61,000 people and is located nearly halfway between New Haven and Hartford.

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