MONTAGUE, Mass. (WWLP) – Starting next summer, you’ll have to be 21 to buy cigarettes in the Town of Montague.
Montague’s Board of Health passed an ordinance Wednesday night to increase the minimum age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21. This new town law will override the state law allowing anyone over 18 to purchase tobacco.
The board also passed a ban on flavored tobacco products, but the ban does not include e-cigarettes. The goal is to reduce teen smoking.
22News spoke with residents and business owners who sell tobacco about the changes.
Greg Little of Montague said, “Getting kids addicted early are what tobacco companies are looking for. If you can delay that, that may help kids from getting started in the first place. “
“It’s a little disturbing because people who have been buying regularly and haven’t hit the age of 21. Well now we have to go through and check IDs very, very carefully,” Dennis Lynch of the Montague Villlage Store said.
There has been a town-by-town campaign in Massachusetts to increase to tobacco purchase age to 21. Montague is the first town in Franklin County to pass this age increase.
The changes will go into effect on July 1st.