Law | Lawrence, MA Goes 21

The Board of Health in the City of Lawrence, Massachusetts has voted to pass a new regulation that will require consumers to be 21 years of age to purchase tobacco included cigars and other tobacco products with the exception of Hookah which was not part of the new law.

The vote this was unanimous on Tuesday night includes a requirement that stores who sell tobacco products post signs advising customers on how to enroll in a smoking cessation programs. In addition no cigars under the price of $2.50 will be sold unless they are in four packs and move which does not affect the premium cigar market.

About 75 people were meeting and the majority spoke out against the ban electronic hookahs from bars, nightclubs and restaurants and as a result this received an exemption. “We need to have a discussion about enforcement,” the mayor said.

The new law goes into effect March 1, 2015.

Lawrence, Massachusetts is home to 77,500 residents over 7.4 square miles and was founded in 1655.