Wallingford, Conn. Raises Tobacco Purchasing Age

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This week, the Wallingford Town Council gave its approval by a 6-2 vote to an ordinance that will soon raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products and e-cigarettes from 18 to 21-years-old in an attempt to restrict access to tobacco products by youth.

The town has not yet posted the final version of the ordinance to its website, but a version of the ordinance posted prior to the meeting indicates that retailers will get a warning for selling to persons under 21 before being hit with a $100 fine, which jumps to $250 for each subsequent violation.

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Interestingly, the proposed ordinance does not include a date that the increase is scheduled to go into effect, but says retailers will have 30 days to post signage reflecting the change once it does.

Wallingford is home to just over 45,000 residents and is located 14 miles northeast of New Haven.

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