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Foxborough Raises Age to Buy Tobacco to 21

The Board of Health unanimously approved the new regulation.

Staring Aug. 1, you must be 21 to purchase tobacco products in Foxborough. File photo.
Staring Aug. 1, you must be 21 to purchase tobacco products in Foxborough. File photo.
The Foxborough Board of Health recently voted to raise the age to buy tobacco in town from 18 to 21.

The change will take effect Aug. 1.

"Tobacco ... causes cancer, respiratory and cardiac diseases, (and) negative birth outcomes," the board said in a statement.


The board, which voted 3-0 on the issue, cited federal statistics that show about 16 percent of students who smoke are under the age of 18.

Not everyone was behind the change.

Michael Lindley, owner of the Foxboro Shell Station, told the board that just because someone is 21 doesn't mean they are mature and won't become addicted to tobacco products.

State law currently sets the age for buying tobacco at 18. About a dozen communities, including Westford, Scituate, and Hudson, increased the limit to 21.

Do you agree with Foxborough's new tobacco regulations?
Stuart Van Tine July 12, 2014 at 09:00 AM
Tobacco is legal and if you are 18 you are an adult. Tobacco is a health risk, but so are potato chips and motorcycles. Why doesn't the Board set an age limit on buying those? While they are smugly preventing grown ups from making bad decisions, why stop with cigarettes? Bloomberging is very addictive. Once you feel the joy of bossing people around, you can't get enough of it.
Keith Vega July 14, 2014 at 08:24 AM
The nanny state of Foxborough is getting out of control. Next thing you know, they will try to stop the sale of raw milk. Oh yeah, the nannies tried that. Since when is it other people's job to make decisions for adults? So now an 18 y.o. can join the military and get shipped overseas, but they can't buy a drink or a cigarette in Foxborough? How do people not see the problem here?
Jarlath Crowe July 15, 2014 at 04:49 PM
My father was a radiologist in the '60, when he decided to start speaking of the dangers of smoking to the 7th and 8th graders in the local schools. He would use the overhead projector to show the black lungs mounted between 2 waxed sheets. He had been thanked by the former students later on. He knew that if he had waited till they were a bit older to speak of the problems associated with smoking, it would have been too late for them to easily quit tobacco.

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