Wilbraham, Mass. Raises Tobacco Purchase Age, Limits Tobacco Sales

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The town of Wilbraham, Mass. has passed a number of new tobacco-related ordinances, including raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21-years-old ahead of the statewide increase that will be phased in over the next several years.

The Board of Selectmen also voted in favor of a ban on selling flavored tobacco products and blunt wraps, as well minimized pricing and packaging of cigars. Additionally, there will be a ban on selling tobacco products in pharmacies, health care and educational institutions, and “public places,” though a specific definition of that term was not publicized via the town’s website. In addition, the also expanded the town’s current regulations on smoking to include e-cigarettes and other vaporing products.

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The regulations will go into effect on Dec. 30, 2018. The vote came at the Aug. 13 meeting of the town’s Board of Selectmen.

Wilbraham is a suburb of Springfield and is home to approximately 15,000 residents.

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