BELCHERTOWN, Mass. (WWLP) – Belchertown is the latest community to consider raising the legal age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21.
The Belchertown Board of Health posted the proposed regulations on the town website. According to the documents, the board of health says raising the purchasing age will improve health and save lives, especially among teens.
They site a U.S. Department of health survey that shows nicotine exposure during adolescence, may have lasting adverse consequences for brain development.
The board is seeking public input, and hasn’t set a vote date yet. The State legislature is currently considering making the minimum smoking age 21 statewide.