At the city’s upcoming election, voters in Winchester, N.H. will decide whether or not to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products and tobacco alternatives such as e-cigarettes from 18 to 21-years-old.
The proposal was not approved by the Board of Selectman, failing by a 4-1 vote, but it did qualify to be a ballot question by way of a citizen-led petition campaign. If passed by the voters, Winchester would join Dover, Keene and Newmarket as cities in New Hampshire to enact such increases to the tobacco purchasing age. A bill to enact a statewide increase has also been introduced into the legislature, where it is awaiting debate.
The election will be held on March 12. Winchester is home to approximately 4,200 people and is located in the southwestern corner of the state.