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.
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.