The Scituate Board of Health voted Monday night to amend the town’s regulations regarding the sale and purchase of tobacco products, including the popular electronic or E- cigarettes.
The board also unanimously voted to increase the age requirement to buy tobacco products, imposed restrictions on the sale of single cigars and banned the use of electronic cigarettes in public places.
Scituate Board of Health Chairman Russell Clark said, “We’re raising the legal age to buy tobacco products in Scituate from 18 to 21 and eliminating the sale of single cigars at a price under $2.50. Another big thing is the use of e-cigarettes in public places. Now an e-cigarette is treated as a tobacco product.”
Clark explained why the board feels that raising the age from 18 to 21 to purchase tobacco products, is a good idea.
“I think the biggest concern for raising the age was to keep cigarettes out of the high schools and out of young people’s hands – to at least separate them a little further, until they’re a little older and maybe make a better choice about smoking. The people I’ve talked to now, at an age I’m at, wished somebody had slapped them around when they were younger not to smoke,” Clark said.
The board also voted to increase the fines for tobacco violations and increase permitting fees for the sale of tobacco products.
The new regulations go into effect May 1.