Tobacco Control Program

GUIDANCE INFORMATION FOR MUNICIPALITIES THAT RESTRICT THE SALE OF FLAVORED TOBACCO PRODUCTS TO ADULT ONLY RETAIL TOBACCO STORES:

Please be advised that at the request of Swedish Match, through its legal counsel, MAHB reviewed the placement of “Game Red” and “White Owl Green Sweets” on its Guidance List for flavored tobacco products.  As a result of this further review which included reviewing documents and comparing products, MAHB will be removing “Game Red” and “White Owl Green Sweets” from its Guidance List.  Please note that MAHB’s Guidance List is a document created by MAHB for guidance purposes only.  Legal authority to enforce a local regulation restricting flavored tobacco products rests exclusively with local boards of health. If you have any questions or need any additional information, please contact Cheryl Sbarra, Director of Policy and Law at sbarra@mahb.org or 781-721-0183.

Sarah McColgan

Mass. Health Officers Association

Tobacco Control Program Director

(413) 636-6418

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FOR BOARDS OF HEALTH WHO RESTRICT THE SALE OF FLAVORED TOBACCO PRODUCTS:

A list of flavored tobacco products can be found on www.mahb.org.  This list is provided for guidance purposes only.

 

Sarah McColgan

Massachusetts Health Officers Association

Tobacco Control Program

413-636-6418

 

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AG'S NEW TOBACCO REGULATIONS TAKE EFFECT 9/25/15

The Attorney General has updated two tobacco regulations.  These changes are in regarding electronic cigarettes and little cigars.  A copy of each final regulation is attached.  Also attached is a summary regarding the electronic cigarette additions to the regulation and a letter that you can put on your letterhead and send to your tobacco retailers along with the summary.

Language is being developed that can be used to amend your existing tobacco sales regulations. You do not need to hold a public hearing to make this amendment at a board of health meeting as it is a state law, but a legal notice in a local newspaper is required.  Please contact me via email (smccolgan@mhoa.com) if you would like this revised language and a template legal notice.

 

What the regulation does:

1.      - Effective 9/25/15 it will be a violation of the regulation to sell electronic cigarettes in Massachusetts to anyone under the age of 18.  There is wording that will allow those Age21 municipalities to use their higher minimum age

2.      - There is a ban on sampling of electronic cigarette juices.  The sampling ban will include those e-juices that are allegedly “no nicotine”

3.     -  Liquid nicotine must be sold in child resistant packaging effective March 15, 2016.  

4.      -  Mail/internet sales requires a 2-step age verification process and the person signing at delivery site must be the minimum age of the municipality (18 or 21)

5.      -  Penalties are laid out in the final regulation

If you have any questions regarding the AG's Regulation please feel free to contact me.


Sarah McColgan

Massachusetts Health Officers Association

Tobacco Control Program

413-636-6418

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Dear MHOA Members,

In mid-April many of you received communication from a group called Coalition for Responsible Retailing (CRR), a group that is funded by the tobacco industry.  The group is proposing a dramatic change in your local tobacco regulations, which tobacco control advocates do not support. Attached is a Press Release issued by CRR, and a response issued by the MAHB & MHOA Tobacco Control Programs.  I hope that you will take the time to read the two attached documents below, visit the CRR website, and decide for yourself whether or not these proposed regulations are public health friendly or just another ploy by the tobacco industry to absolve themselves of responsibility.

Links to:

The CRR Press Release: here

The MHOA Response: here

The Coalition For Responsible Retailing Website here

 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

Sarah McColgan

Mass Health Officers Association

Tobacco Control Program

(413) 636-6418

sarahmccolgan23@gmail.com

 

Other Information:

The Massachusetts Health Officers Association Tobacco Control Program is funded by a grant through the Department of Public Health’s Massachusetts Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Program. MHOA provides local boards of health with technical assistance and training on issues involving youth access to tobacco products and environmental tobacco (secondhand) smoke.

Here is a list of frequently asked questions for local health departments on tobacco control.  

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Local Regulations or Ordinances

Many municipalities have enacted local regulations/ordinances to restrict the sale of tobacco products and to control environmental tobacco smokes.  Contact Sarah if you wish to update your local regulations.

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