Southampton bans tobacco sales to those under 21, enacts other restrictions

Last modified: Tuesday, December 22, 2015

SOUTHAMPTON — Southampton is the latest area community to increase the age to purchase tobacco products to 21.

The measure, which was approved unanimously by the Board of Health on Dec. 9, also restricts where e-cigarettes can be used and the sale of cigars and flavored tobacco products, according to a statement issued by town Health Director Geraldine Swanson.

Beginning March 1, the sale of all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, will be restricted to those 21 or older.

Retailers must price single cigars at a minimum of $2.50 and a package of multiple cigars at a minimum of $5.

The sale of flavored tobacco will be limited to “adult-only” retail establishments, according to the a release.

New stores that open within school zones will be prohibited from selling tobacco and e-cigarettes.

E-cigarette use will also be banned in workplaces and outdoor public areas including outside seating areas of restaurants.

Southampton joins Amherst, Hatfield, Granby, Northampton, Easthampton and South Hadley in regulating tobacco sales.

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