Following 33 other Massachusetts cites and towns that have already raised their tobacco age to 21, Saugus has begun the steps to follow suit.
The Board of Health will hold a public hearing at its next meeting on November 3, 2014 at 6:15pm. The meeting will take place at the Saugus Public Library.
The proposal for the change came from Joyce Redford, the program directory for North Shore/Cape Ann Tobacco Alcohol Policy Program.
Currently the age to purchase tobacco of 21 exists in 33 municipalities that makes up 12.8 percent of the state’s population.
The town of Revere has stated it plans to follow the same route based on the actions of Saugus.
Saugus is home to 26,000 residents over 11.8 square miles and was founded in 1629.