Thursday, January 9, 2014

"Single cigars account for about 80 percent of all tobacco sales"

The Board of Health tabled approval of their proposed revision to the tobacco regulations until the Feb 4th meeting. This action came after the public hearing during which testimony from multiple parties was presented. One of the advocates proposing to raise the age to buy tobacco fell short in his presentation:
Dr. Lester Hartman, a Westwood pediatrician and advocate for increasing the age limit to buy tobacco products to 21 statewide, said that 90 percent of underage smokers purchase cigarettes from fellow teens between the ages of 18 and 20. 
The idea, he said, is raising the age to 21 cuts out those teenagers buying cigarettes for their younger high school friends. 
"You take the distributorship out of the high school," he said, acknowledging, however, that he lacks data to support the theory.

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If you missed reading the proposed regulations you can find the listing here

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