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New Restrictions on Nicotine Products Announced in Boston



    Boston Introduces New Nicotine Restrictions

    Boston health officials have moved to restrict the sale of mint and menthol nicotine products, including e-cigarettes, to adult-only stores.

    (Published Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019)

    Boston officials are pushing to make it difficult for people under 21 to use tobacco, including vaping products.

    Mayor Marty Walsh announced Wednesday that the Boston Public Health Commission had proposed new regulations that would allow mint and menthol products containing nicotine to be sold only at "verified adult-only tobacco retailers."

    Since 2015, the mayor's office noted, Boston has only allowed the majority of flavored nicotine products to be sold at adult-only tobacco shops. That same year, the minimum age to purchase such products was raised to 21.

    "Teen vaping is an epidemic that is particularly alarming because we know that nicotine use at a young age can have the power to lead to a lifelong dependency. The data is undeniable in showing that these amendments would save lives," Walsh said in a statement. "I believe that now is the time to act, and I thank our public health staff for bringing forward a proposal that will ensure Boston has some of the strongest regulations in the country to protect our young people."

    New York became the first state to ban the use of flavored e-cigarettes Tuesday; a similar ban in Michigan went into effect Wednesday.

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