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Youth tobacco regulations take effect in Sept.

FALMOUTH — The Falmouth Board of Health recently held a public hearing to consider enhanced youth access to tobacco regulations. The board last updated its youth access regulations in 2005.

Bob Collett, director of The Cape Cod Regional Tobacco Control Program, presented the Enhanced Youth Regulations to the board. After the discussion, the board voted to accept the regulations that include a ban on the sale of tobacco products in health care institutions including pharmacies, a ban on the sale of tobacco blunt wraps, a minimum packaging restriction of cigars valued at $2.50 or less to a package of 4, and a new definition of Nicotine Delivery Products to include electronic cigarettes.

The electronic cigarette is also known as an e-cigarette. In that section of the regulation, e-cigarettes may only be sold to people ages 18 and older.

“The aim of the enhanced regulations is to protect Falmouth youth from accessing tobacco (and nicotine) and becoming life- long addicted smokers,” Collett said in a press release.

Judith Coykendall, from the Seven Hills Behavioral Health Tobacco-Free Community Partnership, said, “The tobacco industry targets our youth with cheap, colorful, flavored cigars that sell for 69 cents each which is cheaper than gum or chips. By requiring those cheap products to be sold in packages of 4, the price point should discourage many youth from buying them. Price matters to kids.”

The new Falmouth regulations will go into effect around Labor Day.

Friday, August 02, 2013

Source: Wicked Local Falmouth

Youth tobacco regulations take effect in Sept.