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Arlington's Tobacco Buying Age Hits 20 on July 1

Post Date:07/14/2014 4:05 PM
Arlington's Tobacco Buying Age Hits 20 on July 1, On its Way to 21
The minimum age to purchase tobacco products in Arlington will be 20 starting on July 1 and will rise to 21 on July 1, 2015, reflecting regulations passed by the Arlington Board of Health last year. The rule change comes from the Regulation Restricting the Sale of Tobacco Products and Nicotine Delivery Products passed last year. As is currently required, a valid government-issued photo ID will be used to verify the age of each individual purchasing tobacco or nicotine delivery products. A sign that reflects new age restrictions shall be posted in all Arlington establishments that sell tobacco or nicotine-related products at retail. A final copy of these regulations can be found at the office of the Board of Health at 27 Maple Street or at www.arlingtonma.gov/health.

These regulations came in response to evidence that, despite laws that prohibit the sale of tobacco products to minors, high school and middle school smokers are often not asked to show proof of age when purchasing these products. This access to tobacco products has most likely contributed to the increased percentage of high school students reporting smoking in recent years, especially for cigar products.
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