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Arlington raises age for tobacco purchases to 21

By Jennifer Fenn Lefferts Globe Correspondent June 25, 2015

Arlington will raise the minimum legal age to purchase tobacco and nicotine delivery products to 21 on Wednesday, July 1, the final phase in a three-year step-up plan. In May 2013, the town’s Board of Health adopted a regulation restricting the sale of tobacco and nicotine delivery products that initially raised the legal age to 19, and then to 20 on July 1, 2014. The regulation also banned the sale of tobacco products at health care institutions and pharmacies; there are now 19 businesses in town holding tobacco sales permits. “We know that the earlier people start smoking, the more likely it is to become a habit,’’ the Health & Human Services Department’s acting director, James Feeney, said in a statement. “We want to stop this trend.”

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