The town of Franklin, Mass. has scheduled a hearing that could lead to sweeping tobacco reform in the town of approximately 33,000 residents.
The town’s Board of Health will meet on January 7, 2014 to hear proposed regulations that would increase the minimum age to purchase tobacco from 18 to 19, as well as creating a tobacco and nicotine delivery products permit that would be administered by the board. The latter proposal would mean that business that sell tobacco within the town limits would need a permit in addition to the one required by the state, resulting in an additional $150 licensing fee for those businesses to pay.
According to a report on MilfordDailyNews.com, the proposals would also prohibit the sales of single cigars that cost under $2.50, ban self-service displays of tobacco products and make roll-your-own cigarette machines illegal.
Beyond the retail component, smoking in public places would also drastically change, as the board will consider banning smoking at hookah bars, membership and association clubs as well as at town buildings, parks and recreation areas, including the use of marijuana and e-cigarettes.
Franklin is located in Norfolk County, in the southeastern corner of Massachusetts.