Tobacco Purchase Age Increase Appears to Have Go-Ahead in Amherst, Mass.

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After falling off the priority list last year, a proposal to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21-years-old in Amherst, Mass. came back for consideration this spring. While it’s now a priority for the town’s board of health, opposing the proposal doesn’t appear to be a priority for any of the town’s residents as no one showed up to speak against it at a community meeting on Thursday.

The meeting did draw three people to speak in support of the increase, according to the Daily Hampshire Gazettewhile the lone voice of opposition came via a letter from an Arizona law firm that represents the National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO).

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The board is likely to vote on the matter at its May 14 meeting, when it will also likely consider several other tobacco-related regulations, including allowing board to regulate any non-regulated nicotine delivery as it does with tobacco, setting a minimum price of $5 for packages of two or more cigars, prohibiting the sale of tobacco by stores within 500 feet of a school and banning the sale of flavored tobacco products and e-juice by package and convenience stores.

Amherst is home to approximately 35,000 residents and is located about 90 miles west of Boston.

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