Law | Amherst, MA Looking To Join 21 Movement

The town of Amherst could soon join the ever-growing list of communities that are raising the purchase age of tobacco from 18 to 21.

The Board of Health in Amherst said the issue came up last year, but there were more pressing issues to contend with. Now with those unnamed issues behind them, they board said it plans to hold a public hearing on the matter in April.

The director of the Board of Health, Nancy Gilbert who is pushing for this change worked as a nurse in public health and teaches part-time at the University of Massachusetts.

She said the board, as people involved in public health, “We want to protect citizens.”

We at The Cigar Authority say, don’t micro manage people and let us make our own decisions.

In 2013, the Amherst Board of Health banned the sale of tobacco in pharmacies.

Amherst, Massachusetts is home to 35,000 residents over 27.8 square miles and was founded in 1703.