ADAMS -- The Board of Health moved closer Wednesday to finalizing draft regulations that would ban the sale of tobacco in pharmacies and restrict the sale of tobacco-related products to minors.
The board is still seeking clarification on one clause in the proposal, but has otherwise agreed on the new regulation. It hopes to receive legal advice by its next meeting on Nov. 6 and approve the proposal. The board will subsequently schedule a public hearing for community input.
The proposal would prohibit any pharmacy or larger store that contains a pharmacy from selling tobacco. Currently, there are two such stores in Adams -- the Big Y Supermarket and Rite Aid. Neither have publicly voiced opposition to the proposed laws thus far.
The legislation would also ban the sale of "nicotine delivery devices" -- such as e-cigarettes -- to minors. This would include blunt wraps, cigarette rollers, bowls and nicotine creams.
The board requested clarification at its meeting Wednesday on the definition of a commercial "roll-your-own" cigarette rolling device. Stores would be banned from selling such devices, which can be used for relatively high cigarette production, but not rollers for personal use.
"I know what the intent is," said board member Allen Mendel. "The language is not clear."
The proposal would also lump together all "nicotine delivery devices" and include them in restrictions the town already has in place on public smoking. For example, e-cigarettes would not be allowed in restaurants under the new law, because regular cigarettes are already banned.
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