Evidence shows that tobacco smoke causes cancer, respiratory diseases, various cardiac diseases, negative birth outcomes, allergies, and irritations to the eyes, nose and throat to both the smoker and nonsmoker exposed to involuntary (secondhand) smoke.
Tobacco use is the leading cause of premature death in the U.S. Evidence further demonstrates that repeated use of tobacco products will result in a behavioral dependency and for some; a physical addiction to nicotine. The Gloucester Board of Health has developed regulations designed to reduce involuntary exposure of nonsmokers to tobacco smoke and to prohibit access of tobacco products to minors. A permit is needed for any retail business to sell tobacco in Gloucester.
At its meeting of March 3, 2016, the Gloucester Board of Health voted unanimously to change the minimum age for the purchase of tobacco and nicotine products in the community from 18 years old to 21. Gloucester joins the 100+ communities in Massachusetts to raise the legal age to purchase tobacco and nicotine products.
In addition, an amendment also requires restaurants that have outdoor seating areas where smoking is permissible to post a sign stating whether or not they allow patrons to smoke in those areas.
For further information, please call Health Department Assistant Director, Max Schenk, at 978-325-5268.
Electronic versions of the regulations can be viewed by clicking on the links, below.
Workplace Tobacco Regulation
Sale of Tobacco and Nicotine Delivery Products Regulation
Copies are also available at the Health Department office for review.