The Board of Health approved a smoking regulations that will affect sales of tobacco products and limits where smoking can occur.
ADAMS, Mass. — The Board of Health decided on smoking regulations Wednesday that would end the sale of single cigars in Adams stores.
The board decided that only cigars that come in packs of at least four can be sold in stores as part of a broader regulation that prohibits smoking in public places including parks, playgrounds and athletic fields, and bans pharmacies from selling tobacco products.
"I feel really good about it, and I think the town of Adams should be proud now that we have taken a step in getting this town healthier," Chairwoman Patricia Clairmont said.
The proposed regulation has been on the table for four months, but the board has not been able to make a clear decision on sales.
"We have come close several times, but there were always issues," Clairmont said. "The thing that has been up in the air and that has held us back for all this time is the sale of single cigars."
Many other communities have made this specific cigar regulation as well as other restraints on smoking, board members.
"That is pretty much what most communities do," Clairmont said.
Although single cigars will no longer be sold, blunt-style cigars will still be able to be purchased.
The regulations were first discussed nearly three years but halted midway as the board tried to fill a vacant seat. They must now be approved by the attorney general's office before being implemented.
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