Marblehead set to join towns banning e-cigarettes as popularity grows among youth

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MARBLEHEAD – Public health officials in cities and towns north of Boston are pushing for tough restrictions on the sale and use of electronic cigarettes, as new studies show the high-tech tobacco-substitutes are becoming increasingly popular among youth.

In Marblehead, the town’s Board of Health has proposed a raft of new regulations that would outlaw the sale of e-cigarettes to children under 18 and prohibit their use in bars, restaurants, and public buildings, among other restrictions.

If approved by the board later this month, Marblehead would join dozens of other communities – including Burlington, Gloucester, Peabody, Salem, Reading, Rockport, Winchester, and Woburn, – that in the past year have passed stringent regulations on e-cigarettes and other so-called smokeless tobacco delivery products.

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