“If you think you can outsmart an 18-year-old, you don’t have kids,’’ he said. “The law also has the ability to hurt retailers, and, ultimately, the tax base.”
Westwood’s ban could prompt some young entrepreneurs to buy cartons of cigarettes and other products out of town and then sell them out of a backpack to teens who want them, he said. “The black market doesn’t care how old you are,” he said.
Westwood’s new rules go into effect on April 1. Vendors have until June 1 to come into compliance when their licenses come up for annual renewal, officials said.
As part of the tighter regulation, town health officials also agreed that cigars – often sold singly for under a dollar, must be handled in at least packs of four. Board members also capped the number of town licenses at 10, including one that will be potentially available for the sprawling University Station mixed-use development project at Route 128 and Interstate 95 that is pending review.
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