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Public Input Sought for Boston's Proposed Nicotine Restrictions



    Public Opinion Sought on Boston's New Vaping Regulations

    Boston officials are taking deep steps to try to curb teen vaping and they are asking for the public's input on the proposed regulations. (Published Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019)

    The Boston Public Health Commission is asking for the public’s input on proposed restrictions for nicotine products and e-cigarettes.

    Officials announced Wednesday a proposal that limits sales of mint and menthol tobacco and nicotine products to "adult-only tobacco retailers." Already Boston ha increase the sales age of such products to 21 and restricted flavored tobacco products to adult-only shops.

    The idea is to keep minors from using the products as vaping-related deaths in the U.S. have increased to 7. In addition to making it more difficult for anyone under the age of 21 to get their hands-on nicotine items, the city also wants to strengthen ID checks.

    While city leaders say the proposal is much-needed for the wellbeing of minors, small business owners say it may hurt their business.

    "It hurts my business a little bit, but you know, they do the regulation, we just have to follow them," store owner Luis Abreu said.

    Supporters and opponents have an opportunity to voice their opinions Nov. 7 at a public hearing. A public comment period will be set Nov. 8, when residents can send written comments to BPHC.

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