Tobacco

Massachusetts Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Program (MTCP)

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At any given time, there shall be no more than twenty-seven (27) tobacco sales permits issued in the Town of Shrewsbury. New applicants for tobacco sales permits who are applying at a time when the maximum number of permits have been issued will be placed on a waiting list and will be eligible to apply for a permit on a "first-come, first-serve" basis as issued permits are either not renewed or are returned to the town.

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Date of Record: 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.

The growing multistate 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.


THE NEW LOOK OF NICOTINE ADDICTION
Did you know? In Massachusetts, almost 24% of high-school students report currently using e-cigarettes, and nearly half tried them at least once. More high school students used e-cigarettes than all other tobacco products combined, AND they used them nine times more often than adults.

Please click the following link to learn more:  VAPING INFORMATION

Vaping Video Available!
The audience for this video is adults and the video provides a brief overview of vaping stats, products, and the messages of our New Look of Nicotine Addiction campaign. A link to the video is on the Make Smoking History YouTube page HERE


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Board of Health Meeting - Date of Record 08/30/19
The Board of Health voted unanimously at the August 30, 2019 meeting to restrict the sale of flavored tobacco products to adult only establishments - excluding mint, menthol and wintergreen. 

These regulations will become effective on January 1, 2020. 

Please see "Resources" below to view the Tobacco Retailer Letter, Regulations, and FAQ.

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Quit Smoking or Using Other Tobacco
Make 2019 a Tobacco-Free Year. Make a healthier life for you and your family.

If you want to quit smoking or using other tobacco products and tried in the past, don’t give up.  Many users say quitting is the hardest thing they’ve done and help is available, so keep trying!

The Massachusetts Smokers’ Helpline at 1-800-QUIT NOW (1-800-784-8669) is available for free coaching 24 hours each day, seven days a week to support you through quitting. 

In addition, now you can enroll online through KeepTryingMA.org. Online supports include quit planning tools, peer support and motivational text messages.

For more information, visit KeepTryingMA.org or call Tina Grosowsky, 508-856-5067. Make the choice to quit today!

The MA Smokers' Helpline offers free support to quit smoking

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Date of Record:  November 2, 2018

Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) Regulations adopted by the Shrewsbury Board of Health

On November 2, 2018, the Shrewsbury Board of Health voted to enact a regulation entitled “Regulations Prohibiting Smoking in Workplaces and Public Places". The regulation includes, but is not limited prohibiting smoking within a 25 foot buffer zone around municipal building entrances accessible to the public, prohibiting smoking at all municipal owned parks, play grounds recreational facilities and beaches. E-cigarettes use is also prohibited wherever smoking is prohibited. The regulation became effective on January 1, 2019. Copies of this regulation are available in the office of the Board of Health on the first floor at the Richard D. Carney Municipal Office Building, 100 Maple Avenue, Shrewsbury, MA 01545.

Please see ETS Regulations - effective 01-01-19 below under "Resources."

Date of Record:  October 13, 2017

Tobacco Policies adopted by the Shrewsbury Board of Health
Dear Tobacco Retailer: This letter serves to inform you of policies adopted by the Shrewsbury Board of Health on October 13, 2017. Please read the pertinent information detailed below as the changes will have a direct impact on your business. This regulation went into effective on January 1, 2018.

a. Include minimum cigar packaging/pricing
b. No sales within 500 feet of a school
c. Increase the minimum legal sales from 18 to 21
d. Ban on blunt wraps
e. Ban on non-residential Roll-Your-Own machines
f. Ban tobacco product sales in healthcare institutions
g. Ban tobacco product sales in educational institutions
h. Increase the tolling period from 24 to 36 months
i. Increase the suspension period for second and third offenses from 7/30 days to 14/60 days

Please see Shrewsbury Tobacco Regulations - effective 01-01-18 below under "Resources."

Resources