19 Dec Massachusetts: New Statewide Age Restriction Effective December 31, 2018
Earlier this year, the Massachusetts Senate and House of Representatives in General Court passed H4486, An Act Protecting Youth from the Health Risks of Tobacco and Nicotine Addiction, which will raise the legal age to buy tobacco products statewide from 18 to 21. H4486 was signed into law by Governor Charlie Baker in July and will take effect on December 31, 2018. Anyone who turns 18 before the effective date will still be allowed to buy tobacco, as long as there is not a municipal ordinance already in place banning tobacco sales to 19 or 20-year-olds.
Additionally, tobacco retail establishments must conspicuously post a notice produced by the Department of Public Health that states the minimum age for a person to purchase a tobacco product and the date that the minimum sales age to purchase tobacco products goes into effect. Retail establishments shall continuously post the notice until January 1, 2022.
- CLICK HERE to order and/or download the mandatory signage for tobacco retailers in municipalities that already have a local legal sales age of 21 in place.
- CLICK HERE to order and/or download the mandatory signage for tobacco retailers in municipalities that do not have a local legal sales age of 21 in place before December 31, 2018.
CLICK HERE to read the full text of An Act Protecting Youth from the Health Risks of Tobacco and Nicotine Addiction.