New law prohibits tobacco purchases for under 21


MIKE CODY, Staff Writer

The city of Gloucester, MA recently passed a law that will raise the required age to purchase tobacco and nicotine products from 18 to 21. The Gloucester Board of Health voted on the matter on March 3rd and the new law is set to take effect on June 1, 2016.

One of the key reasons for making the decision was because neighboring cities are also making the decision. Gloucester became the 100th city in Massachusetts to approve this law.

People ages 18 to 20 will not be grandfathered in within the city of Gloucester. The Gloucester Youth Council was in favor of the age being raised to 21.

¨Raising the age would make it harder for teens to buy tobacco products or have others buy them for them,” said sophomore Gloucester Youth Council member Gianna Cabral. ¨This would make these items less accessible and help keep tobacco out of schools.¨

¨Nicotine is not only highly addictive, but can also have a stronger effect on non-fully developed brains. Delaying the age when youth first use it can reduce the risk that they will become addicted smokers,¨ said sophomore Caroline Enos, who is also a member of the Gloucester Youth Council.

Studies in the United States show that the percent of tobacco and nicotine products purchased would drop about 12% if it were made a federal law.