Tobacco Control

The Concord Board of Health has a long history of proactive tobacco control efforts to prevent youth access to tobacco and nicotine products dating back to the 1990s.  

Since the 1990s, the Board of Health has enacted various tobacco control regulations aimed at preventing youth from starting tobacco use and preventing the public from being exposed to second-hand smoke.

The current Board of Health regulation, which was enacted in 2014, contains the following provisions:
  • Prohibits the sale of tobacco and nicotine delivery products (e-cigarettes, vaping devices, and other products such as candies and gum) to persons under age 21. 
  • Prohibits the sale of flavored tobacco products and nicotine delivery products.
  • Restricts the sale of individual cigars: All cigars must be contained in an original package of at least five (5) cigars. No package of five (5) or more cigars shall be sold unless it has a retail price of at least $10.00. Cigars may only be sold individually if each cigar has a purchase price of $3.00 or more.
  • Prohibits the sale of blunt wraps.
  • Prohibits the use of e-cigarettes wherever smoking is prohibited in any location in Concord per M.G.L. Ch. 270 Section 22 or the Concord Smokefree Workplace Bylaw.
  • Prohibits the sale of tobacco products and nicotine delivery products in healthcare institutions.
  • Prohibits self-service displays of tobacco products and  nicotine delivery products.
  • Prohibits sale of tobacco and  nicotine delivery products in vending machines.
  • Prohibits use of all non-residential Roll-Your-Own machines. 

Physician Focus: Smoking, Tobacco and Health


Dr. Alan Woodward, M.D., a former member of The Concord Board of Health, former Chairman of Tobacco Free Massachusetts and a member of the Massachusetts Public Health Council released the 2014 Massachusetts Medical Society January Physician Focus article: Smoking, Tobacco and Health. Read the article by viewing the Massachusetts Medical Society website or learn more by viewing the video provided by Hopkinton's Television Stations.
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History


50 years after the release of the first Surgeon General's report on smoking and health, remarkable progress has been made. Since 1964, smoking prevalence among U.S. adults has been reduced by half. Unfortunately, tobacco use remains the leading preventable cause of disease, disability, and death in the United States.

In January 2014, the U.S. Surgeon General released the 50th anniversary Surgeon General's Report on smoking and health. The report  highlights 50 years of progress in tobacco control and prevention, presents new data on the health consequences of tobacco use, and detail initiatives that can end the tobacco use epidemic in the United States.

Learn more about the 1964 landmark report from the Center for Disease Control that was the first to definitively link smoking with lung cancer and heart disease. In the 50 years since the release of the report, 30 additional Surgeon General's Reports have added to our knowledge and understanding of the devastating health and financial burdens caused by tobacco use.
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