Brookline votes: teens must be 19 to buy tobacco

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Brookline votes: teens must be 19 to buy tobacco

(Boston Globe) June 07, 2012 — The minimum age for buying tobacco in Brookline is rising, after a campaign led by BHS Peer Leader Eric Dumas.  A vote at last week’s Town Meeting, 169–1, favored raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco from 18 to 19. Brookline joins Needham and Belmont as the first communities in the state to make this change to local tobacco bylaws. Arlington and Watertown are also considering the same step. Eric Dumas told Town Meeting that one of the first things people see when they drive up to the high school is students standing out front smoking cigarettes. Since most students don’t turn 19 until after they’ve graduated, prohibiting 18-year-olds from buying tobacco products would help keep cigarettes out of the hands of Brookline High students, he said. “This may not seem like a big difference, but it is,” Dumas said.

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