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Canton raises age for tobacco purchases to 21

Posted by dinouye  August 13, 2013 10:02 AM

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Canton's Board of Health voted Monday to raise the age for purchasing tobacco products to 21 from 18, and banned so-called non-medical nicotine-delivery products. This includes dissolvable nicotine tablets and snus, a powder tobacco product.

However, the board backed away from a proposal to ban eletronic cigarettes.

E-cigarettes and nicotone patches were exempted from the new regulations, but the age to purchase these items also was raised to 21 from 18.

Director of Public Health John L. Ciccotelli had thought electronic cigarettes were not an effective quitting aid, but he received hundreds of e-mails and calls pointing to research to the contrary, he said.

All of the regulations were approved unaminously as part of one package and take effect Jan. 1.

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