There will soon be one less city in Massachusetts where 18-year-olds can purchase tobacco products, as on Monday the Springfield City Council unanimously approved an ordinance that will raise the minimum purchase age to 21-years-old.

An effective date for the increase was not included in the agenda packet prepared for Monday’s meeting, but a report from indicated that it will be in place by the summer. Fines for retailers who sell to a person under 21-years-old will start at $100.

Springfield is home to just over 154,000 residents. It is located 91 miles west of Boston.

Update (Feb. 24, 2018) — The increase will go into effect on July 1, 2018, according to a report from

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