The Concord Board of Health has a long history of proactive tobacco control efforts to prevent youth access to tobacco and nicotine products. The Concord bylaw, Sale of Tobacco to Minors, enacted in 1991 and enforced by the Health Division, prohibits the sale of tobacco products to those under the age of 18 and also prohibits self-service tobacco displays, tobacco vending machines and free samples of tobacco products.
In 2012, the Board of Health enacted a regulation that a) prohibits the sale of nicotine delivery products (including e-cigarettes and other nicotine delivery products such as candies and gum) to minors; and b) prohibits the sale of tobacco products and nicotine delivery products in healthcare institutions, including pharmacies.
In 2014, the Board of Health plans to consider revisions to its tobacco regulation to further restrict youth access to tobacco products. The Board’s proposed regulation will prohibit the sale of single cigars and blunt wraps to minors and prohibit free samples or use of reduced price coupons to purchase nicotine delivery products such as e-cigarettes. The proposed regulation changes will also prohibit the use of e-cigarettes in public places where smoking is already prohibited under the Massachusetts Smokefree Workplace law.
Recent Tobacco News
Dr. Alan Woodward, M.D., a member of The Concord Board of Health as well as the Chairman of Tobacco Free Mass and a member of the Massachusetts Public Health Council releases the Massachusetts Medical Society January Physician Focus article: Smoking, Tobacco and Health or click link to view video
Fifty 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 Surgeon General will release the 50th anniversary Surgeon General's Report on smoking and health. The report will highlight 50 years of progress in tobacco control and prevention, present new data on the health consequences of tobacco use, and detail initiatives that can end the tobacco use epidemic in the United States.
1964 landmark report 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.
Concord Board of Health Tobacco Regulations: Sale of Tobacco Products and Nicotine Delivery Products