Plymouth: Public Health Director Wants More Regulations for Vape Shops in Town

The Massachusetts House approved raising the minimum age from 18 to 21 for the purchase of cigarettes and vaping products. The bill goes next to the Senate. But, Plymouth’s Public Health Director thinks the measure does not go far enough…

Dr. Nate Horwitz-Willis says his department could add to that measure:

“We could make a different regulation such as making it a requirement to be 21 and up to go into a vape shop, and also making another regulation that says you must come before the Board of Health to sell these products.”

Teens and pre-teens are using vaping products at nine times the rate that adults are using them. Nicotine is highly addictive especially when it’s used at a young age. Also, Dr Horwitz-Willis says the vape mechanism itself is harmful because…

“…the vape mechanism itself may contain trace elements such as lead and chromium or other heavy metals that may lead to chronic exposure for toxicity –and then also the vaping product itself still contains vapor that could damage the lung.”

Currently, in Plymouth, there is no minimum age requirement to enter a vape shop and no regulations governing the opening of a vape shop.

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About Bobbi Clark

Bobbi Clark is a Plymouth area reporter at WATD. She began her career in radio as a producer at a news/talk radio station in Chicago. From there she went to WMAQ-TV, the NBC owned and operated television station in Chicago, As a producer there, she won 5 Emmy Awards for production of special programming. Bobbi is a graduate of Emerson College, with a degree in Writing, Publishing and Literature.