Announcements Government

Mass. Increases Age of Sale for Tobacco Products to 21, Bans Sales in Pharmacies

Governor Charlie Baker signed a law on Friday, July 27 that increases the statewide age of sale for tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, from 18 to 21, and prohibits the sale of tobacco products in pharmacies.

This makes Massachusetts the sixth state to limit sale of tobacco products to those over 21, and the first state in the country to pass a tobacco sale ban on pharmacies.

With the passage of this law, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network believes Massachusetts will see reduced smoking rates, as younger kids will not become addicted during their teenage years, making them less likely to begin using tobacco when they’re 21.

5 Replies to “Mass. Increases Age of Sale for Tobacco Products to 21, Bans Sales in Pharmacies

  1. A 21 year adult whether it’s someone’s brother, cousin, a friend or whoever could probably give an 18 year old tobacco you never know it’s possible with these teens.

    1. Well alcohol can only be sold to 21 year adults and it has been that way for decades ,but teenagers [including myself back than] always found a way or a buyer to get our hands on alcohol.

  2. So are you an adult at 18 or not? You can get a license at 16. Get sent to afganistan at 18. But you can’t buy a pack of smokes? Either you are an adult or not. Stupid law.

    1. State side we could get anything we wanted on base. We only ran into problems when we were off base. I’m sure it will be the same for cigarettes. Easily available at the exchange with no taxes. They would always say, Smoke em if got em.

      Of course, if you were drunk and out of control, military police didn’t coddle anyone under 21 either.

Comments are closed.