Greenfield votes to raise age for tobacco purchases

The age increase starts in July on 2015

GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Greenfield Board of Health held a hearing Wednesday night, and approved to raise the age to purchase tobacco products in their community.

The town is following the Franklin County towns of Montague and Leverett, where they have already voted to raise the smoking age from 18 to 21, which will take effect in July. Greenfield’s age increase from 18 to 21 will also start in July.

Greenfield also voted to limit the number of permits allowed to sell tobacco, limit the different tobacco flavors, and not allow stores to sell tobacco within 500 feet of a school; some stores will be grandfathered in.

Chelsea Furlon of Charlemont told 22News she was allowed to purchase cigarettes at 18 and is now 22, and even though she won’t be affected, the idea is still bothersome to her. “Smoking’s not good it’s a horrible habit, but I mean if we can serve our country at 18 why can’t we buy cigarettes?”

A survey of Greenfield High School Seniors this past year found 42% reported use of tobacco products other than cigarettes.

Click Here to read the Greenfield Board of Health’s tobacco sales regulations.

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