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Wilmington Limits Locations for Flavored Tobacco Sales

October 1, 2018

WILMINGTON -- The sale of flavored tobacco products in retail shops will be prohibited in town beginning Monday, Oct. 15.

The effort to keep these products away from youth was unanimously approved by the Board of Health.

The ban includes flavored tobacco products like Juuls, e-cigarettes and vaping liquids. Wilmington Health Director Shelly Newhouse discussed the regulation update at a recent Board of Selectmen’s meeting.

“It’s hard to compete with Amazon because I feel like that’s where all these kids are getting all these things,” Newhouse said.

Only smoke shops will be allowed to carry and sell such products. There is a single smoke shop in Wilmington. Newhouse said at least when children go somewhere, like their local gas station, flavored tobacco products will not be in reach.

The Board of Health also added a section to its regulations limiting the number of tobacco sales permits in town. Newhouse said there are currently 21 permits for tobacco sales, and that is all there will ever be. The only way a new permit could be issued is if another permit holder closed its store.

The full regulation changes can be viewed at www.wilmingtonma.gov .

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