The Cape Cod town of Yarmouth, Mass. will soon be raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21 years of age, as the town’s Board of Health voted 3-2 on Monday in favor of the increase.
The change will go into effect on July 1 despite the request of board Mary Craig, who requested that it go into effect on September 1, which is after the area’s high tourism season. The vote was not open to public comment, with board Chairwoman Tanya Daigneault saying that the proposal has been on the table for six months, according to the Cape Cod Times.
Yarmouth is part of Barnstable County and home to approximately 24,000 residents.