Sunday, January 26, 2014

Franklin's Board of Health revises proposed tobacco regulations

More Massachusetts towns have enacted tobacco regulations in the past two years than in the history of the state’s anti-tobacco campaign, adopting new restrictions largely aimed at how businesses can sell such products. 
Since 2012, 12 communities, including Ashland, have raised the legal purchase age for tobacco products beyond 18. Fifty cities and towns ban the sale of blunt wraps, and 39 have set a minimum price for cigars. 
Town health boards have the power to pass the regulations without approval from Town Meeting or a higher governing body. 
Anti-tobacco activists, doctors and advisers, attend Board of Health meetings and public hearings both to offer up statistics pointing to the health hazards of smoking and to present model regulations that communities mold to their circumstances.

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Franklin's Board of Health is among those looking to make changes, The proposed revisions can be found here

The public hearing held at the January meeting resulted in the regulations being tabled to a future meeting without a decision at that time.

Franklin Municipal Building
Franklin Municipal Building
The proposed regulations (link provided above) have been revised and the new set posted to the Franklin website as of 1/23/14.

The old set is no longer on the Board of Health page. You can find the old set on the Franklin Matters page. The new set is shown here:

Visit the Franklin Board of Health page on the town website here


Updated: I printed both the old set of proposed regulations and the new set to walk through the document line by line, page by page to find the changes. This is what I find:

  • Definition add for "Retail Tobacco Store"
  • Section 4.1 - changed date from Feb 1 to April 1, 2014
  • Section 4.2 - changed date from Feb 1 to April 1, 2014
  • Section 4.3 - changed age from 21 to 18
  • Section 7.1 - added language to create an exception for in-store humidors
  • Section 15 - changed date from Feb 1 to April 1, 2014

If you find that there are changes that I missed, please let me know.

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