Winchester, N.H. Voters to Decide Tobacco Purchasing Age Increase

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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.

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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.

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