Add the town of Randolph to the list of more than 130 Massachusetts municipalities to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21-years-old, as this week the town’s board of health approved a proposal to raise the age.

The increase will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2017, as will a ban on self-service displays of all tobacco products and nicotine delivery products, except if the retailer ensures in writing to the Randolph Board of Health that no person younger than 21 years of age is present or permitted to enter into the location of the self-service display at any time. The board is also requiring all humidors, including walk-in designs, to be locked at all times. Fines for a violation of the rules start at $100 and can eventually come with a suspension or revocation of the retailer’s permit.

The changes come amidst several other anti-tobacco policies enacted by the board, including a new retail sales permit requirement. A ban on smoking bars is also in place, as is a ban on smoking in the town’s parks.

Randolph is located approximately 17 miles south of Boston and is home to nearly 33,000 residents.

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I strive to capture the essence of a cigar and the people behind them in my work – every cigar you light up is the culmination of the work of countless people and often represents generations of struggle and stories. For me, it’s about so much more than the cigar – it’s about the story behind it, the experience of enjoying the work of artisans and the way that a good cigar can bring people together. In addition to my work with halfwheel, I’m the public address announcer for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training, as well as for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and previously the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for Major League Baseball, plus I'm a voice over artist. Prior to joining halfwheel, I covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.