Even though the state of Massachusetts has enacted a law that will raise the minimum purchase age for tobacco products to 21-years-old, the town of Plymouth wants to expedite the increase as the Plymouth Board of Health passed a new regulation that will raise the age as of Dec. 28.
It’s a contrast to the increase recently signed into law at the state level, which provides a grandfather clause for persons who attained the age of 18 before Dec. 30, 2018. However, the state law still subjected individuals to any municipal ordinance or other regulation that prohibited sales of tobacco products or vapor products to persons under the age of 19, 20 or 21 in effect on December 30, 2018. It was this clause that appears to have spurred on a number of cities and towns, including Plymouth, to enact laws that effectively eliminate the grandfather clause.
Plymouth is home to approximately 59,000 residents. It is located 40 miles southeast of Boston.