On July 19, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey approved a law in the town of Brookline that would prohibit the sale of all “tobacco products” to anybody born after January 1, 2000.
The restriction, the first of its kind in the United States, is designed to prevent future generations from using not only tobacco but nicotine. It stops any “person, firm, corporation, establishment, or agency” from selling e-cigarettes and vaping products to anyone in that age category as well.
In other words, a person who is 20 years old right now will not be able to purchase any tobacco or vapes in Brookline, ever—even in 2041, when they are 40.
Local officials in the affluent town, which borders Boston, voted overwhelmingly in November 2020 for the “first-in-the-nation Tobacco Free Generation” (TFG) policy, and they’ve been anticipating the stamp of the state attorney general since then. (Healey acknowledged that it doesn’t interfere with any state laws or the constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, ensuring its legality.)
Alex Norcia – FilterMag – 2021-07-21.