Plainville, Mass. Passes Tobacco Purchase Age Increase

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As of June 1, anyone wishing to purchase cigars or other tobacco products in Plainville, Mass. will have to be at least 21-years-old, as the town’s board of health unanimously approved the increase during its meeting on Wednesday.

Retailers will face fines of $100 for a first time offense, $200 for a second offense and $300 for a third offense, which also comes with a hearing before the board of health and possible suspension or revocation of their license to sell tobacco, according to The Sun Chronicle.

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More than 100 cities and towns have raised the minimum age to purchase tobacco products in Massachusetts and several more have announced plans to pursue an increase. There is also a bill in the state legislature that would raise the age statewide.

Plainville is located approximately 40 miles south east of Boston, along the border with Rhode Island. It had a population of 8,264 residents as of the 2010 census.

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