Board of Health
Agendas & Minutes
Stamped Board of Health Agendas are available forty eight (48) hours prior to the meeting and are available in the Board of Health office upon request.
Board of Health Meeting Minutes are available following Board of Health approval and then are posted under the View All Agendas and Minutes link below.
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- Stephen A. Vigeant - Term Expires June 30, 2020
- Jennie Fishman, MPH - Term Expires June 30, 2021
- Dr. George Abraham - Term Expires June 30, 2022
The mission of the Shrewsbury Board of Health is to promote general health of the community, the wellness in the individual, and to inspire conditions by which people can remain healthy. We offer educational resources and promulgate and enforce local, state and national regulations as required by law. We promote sanitary living conditions for all our residents and strive to protect the environment from harm and pollution.
The Health Department is run by the Board of Health whose primary concerns are activities related to health and the environment:
- Food service sanitation
- Mercury thermometers, mercury thermostats, and mercury button batteries
- Operation of the ash residue landfill
- Sewage disposal
- Smoking and exposure to Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS)
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Emergency Vape Ban - Effective September 24, 2019
On September 24, 2019, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel, with the approval of the Governor and the Public Health Council, issued an order to temporarily prohibit the sale of all vaping products in retail establishments, online, and by any other means in Massachusetts until further notice. This follows Governor Baker’s declaration made today of a public health emergency in the Commonwealth due to severe lung disease associated with the use of e-cigarettes and vaping products. Please click the following link: Emergency Vape Ban - Effective 09-24-19
The growing multi-state outbreak of severe lung disease associated with vaping and the epidemic facing youth use of e-cigarettes has led to this necessary and important action.
Restricting the Sales of Flavored Tobacco Products - Effective January 1, 2020.
On August 30, 2019, the Shrewsbury Board of Health voted to enact a regulation entitled "Restricting the Sales of Flavored Tobacco Products.". This regulation will go into effect on January 1, 2020.
Flavored Tobacco Products
The Shrewsbury Board of Health has prohibited the sale of flavored tobacco products, except in adult- only retail tobacco stores. As of the effective date of this regulation, you are prohibited from selling any tobacco product, including e-cigarettes that have a characterizing flavor other than menthol or tobacco. Since the Town of Shrewsbury considers e-cigarettes a tobacco product, you may no longer sell flavored e-cigarettes. Even if the label does not state that the product is flavored, if by smell and taste the product has a characterizing flavor, you may not sell that product under this regulation.
This flavor restriction applies to:
a. Flavored cigars, little cigars, and cigarillos (flavors include, but are not
limited to wine, grape, peach, and vanilla)
b. Flavored smokeless tobacco (flavors include, but are not limited to berry, apple,
or citrus blend)
c. Flavored e-cigarettes (flavors include but are not limited to cherry crush, pina
d. Any tobacco products t tobacco derived products that smell and taste like fruit,
candy or alcohol, other than menthol or tobacco.
This flavor restriction does NOT apply to:
a. Menthol cigarettes
b. Menthol, mint, or wintergreen flavored tobacco products
c. Adult-only Retail Tobacco Stores that meet the following definition: An
establishment which is not required to possess a retail food permit whose
primary purpose is to sell or offer for sale to consumers, but not for resale,
tobacco products and tobacco paraphernalia, in which the sale of other
products is merely incidental, and in which the entry of persons under
the age of 21 is prohibited at all times, and maintains a valid permit for
the retail sale of tobacco products as required to be issued by the
Shrewsbury Board of Health.
d. Smoking Bars that meet the following definition: An establishment that
primarily is engages in the retail sale of tobacco products for consumption by
customers on the premises and is required by Mass. General Law Ch. 270, §22
ti maintain a valid permit to operate a smoking bar issued by the Massachusetts
Department of Revenue. “Smoking bar” shall include, but not limited to,
those establishments that are commonly known as “cigar bars” and “hookah
e. A person or entity engaged in the business of selling or distributing
cigars for commercial purposes to another person or entity engaged in the
business of selling or distributing cigars for commercial purposes with the intent
to sell or distribute outside the boundaries of Shrewsbury.
If you believe you qualify under the “adult-only retail tobacco store” exemption paragraph (c) or “smoking bar” exemption paragraph (d), please contact the Shrewsbury Board of Health to confirm your assessment.
The penalties assessed to those who violate this regulation are subject to a fine that range from $100.00 up to $300.00 and possible suspension or revocation of their tobacco permit. The tolling period for violations is thirty six (36) months. When a violation occurs, the permit holder’s violation history will be considered when determining the penalty level.