SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. (WWLP) – The town of South Hadley’s Board of Health has raised the minimum legal age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21. Some businesses expressed concern that the regulations would cut into their profits, but Suzanne Cordes of the Board of Health told 22News that health concerns took priority.
Dawn Archambault, who works at Allery’s Liquors, told 22News the store’s owner there decided to stop selling cigarettes years ago. But Dawn says she thinks businesses that do sell cigarettes will feel an effect.
“I don’t really agree with it. The law was 18 and I think if you can go fight for your country, you should be able to buy a pack of cigarettes in town if you wanted to,” she said. “Enforce 18, I think that’s great. I don’t want minors smoking or drinking or any other thing but I think 21 is not right at all.”
Some businesses in town had petitions to gather signatures and oppose the regulation. South Hadley is not the first community to raise the legal age to buy tobacco; Leverett and Montague have also done it.
The new regulations will take effect in the spring.