Legal Smoking Age in Massachusetts Could Soon Be 21

April 12, 2017

Anti-smoking advocates are once again pushing to raise the legal age to buy tobacco products to the age of 21 across all of Massachusetts.

Over 140 cities and towns in Massachusetts have already passed ordinances lifting the minimum purchase age for tobacco products from 18 to 21, and a bill that would make the higher age a statewide policy passed the state Senate 32-2 last year.

Along with raising the purchase age to 21, the tobacco control bills would ban the use of e-cigarettes in public places, and prohibit tobacco sales in pharmacies and other health care facilities.

Hawaii and California raised their tobacco age to 21 last year without much opposition.

According to the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids as of March 16, 2017, at over 144 of municipalities in Massachusetts have already adopted the higher age.

Here are all of the Massachusetts municipalities on the list:

Acton
Adams
Amherst
Andover
Arlington
Ashland
Attleboro
Belchertown
Belmont
Blackstone
Boston
Braintree
Brewster
Bridgewater
Brimfield
Brockton
Brookline
Buckland
Cambridge
Canton
Carver
Charlemont
Chelmsford
Chelsea
Cohasset
Concord
Danvers
Dedham
Deerfield
Dover
Duxbury
Eastham
Easton
Egremont
Essex
Everett
Falmouth
Foxboro
Framingham
Franklin
Gill
Gloucester
Grafton
Great Barrington
Greenfield
Hadley
Halifax
Hamilton
Hanover
Hatfield
Holbrook
Holyoke
Hopedale
Hudson
Hull
Kingston
Lanesborough
Lawrence
Lee
Lenox
Leverett
Lexington
Lincoln
Lowell
Malden
Mansfield
Marblehead
Marion
Marlborough
Marshfield
Mashpee
Maynard
Medfield
Medford
Medway
Melrose
Mendon
Methuen
Middleton
Milford
Millis
Milton
Montague
Natick
Needham
Newton
Norfolk
North Adams
North Andover
North Attleboro
North Reading
Northborough
Northampton
Norwell
Norwood
Orleans
Peabody
Pittsfield
Plainville
Provincetown
Randolph
Raynham
Reading
Revere
Rockport
Salem
Saugus
Scituate
Sharon
Shelburne
Sherborn
Somerville
South Hadley
Southampton
Southborough
Southwick
Stockbridge
Stoneham
Stoughton
Sunderland
Swampscott
Tewksbury
Topsfield
Townsend
Tyngsborough
Wakefield
Walpole
Waltham
Wareham
Watertown
Wayland
Wellesley
West Boylston
Westfield
Westford
Weston
Westwood
Whately
Whitman
Williamstown
Wilmington
Winchester
Worcester
Yarmouth

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