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.

New Tobacco Laws and Information for Tobacco Retailers - Date of Record: 12-16-19

There have been significant changes related to tobacco and vape sales over the past several weeks. 

On December 11, 2019, the state’s Public Health Council approved new regulations, 105 CMR 665, that restrict the sale of nicotine vaping and flavored vaping and tobacco products. This action follows the Legislature passing and Governor Charlie Baker signing into law An Act Modernizing Tobacco Control, which regulates access to tobacco and electronic nicotine delivery systems, including vapes. With the actions taken December 11, 2019, the Governor’s temporary statewide ban on the sale of tobacco and vape products in place since September 2019 is no longer in effect. 

TIMELINE and KEY DATES:

1)  No retailers (except smoking bars) can sell flavored vaping products
     (including mint and menthol) starting 12/11/19.

2)  End to the statewide ban on the sale of tobacco and vape products starting
     12/11/19
.

3)  No retailers (except smoking bars) can sell any flavored tobacco products
     (including mint and menthol) starting 06/01/20.

4)  75 percent excise tax on the wholesale price of nicotine vaping products, in
     addition to the state’s 6.75 percent sales tax starting 06/01/20.

Please see Resources for Tobacco Retailers below for further details.

Resources for Tobacco Retailers - Date of Record 12-16-19

Shrewsbury Tobacco Regulations - Flavor Restriction NO Menthol - Effective 01-01-20

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.

Please see Resources - Shrewsbury Tobacco Regulations - Flavor Restriction NO Menthol documents below.

Resources - Shrewsbury Tobacco Regulations - Flavor Restriction NO Menthol - Effective 01-01-20

VAPING



MyLife MyQuit 
Image of Vaping Safety Liquid to promote awareness

The New Look of 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


Are You a Target

Shrewsbury Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) Regulations - Effective 01-01-19

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 twenty five (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. 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.

Resources - Shrewsbury Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) Regulations - Effective 01-01-19

Shrewsbury Tobacco Regulations - Effective 01-01-18

The Shrewsbury Board of Health adopted the below at their October 13, 2017 meeting. 

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

Resources - Shrewsbury Tobacco Regulations - Effective 01-01-18

Quit Smoking or Using Other Tobacco Products

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 contact 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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