Framingham weighs 21 as age to buy cigarettes – news – metrowest daily news, framingham, ma – framingham, ma

FRAMINGHAM &#x2013 Going after young smokers, the Board of Health is moving to raise the minimum age to buy cigarettes in Framingham from 18 to three member board will consider the change at its meeting Monday, one of several amendments to the town&#x2019 s tobacco regulations that would also cut down the number of tobacco permit holders and limit where e cigarettes are of Health Director Roberto Santamaria said Framingham would be the latest community following a growing trend and stopping selling cigarettes to minors.&#x201c I feel that as the largest community in MetroWest, it really makes a statement that we&#x2019 re going to tobacco 21 and we&#x2019 re really hoping that the region goes through too,&#x201d he said. &#x201c We&#x2019 re all really excited about this. It&#x2019 s a big step.&#x201d Santamaria said Ashland and other cities and towns have changed their regulations from 18 to 21, with Natick also taking up the of Health Chairman Mike Hugo said the town&#x2019 s changes would gradually drop the number of tobacco permits in Framingham from 76 to a more manageable 60.&#x201c Sixty&#x2019 s about right for the size town that we have, and it&#x2019 s a little easier to enforce 60 than 76,&#x201d he town would start to take back licenses that are forfeited if a business closes or if if is penalized for a tobacco control violation, he said the Southside is saturated with tobacco changes would also allow electronic or e cigarettes to be sold only to customers 21 and older at tobacco or vapor product retailers, not other shops with tobacco regulations also affirm that Framingham bans the sale of flavored tobacco that is now prohibited by federal regulators, Hugo changes would also apply to the sale of cigars, Hugo said.&#x201c If you&#x2019 re selling a cigar and you&#x2019 re not a retail tobacco store like Watch City, than you can only sell cigars that are $2.50 and up, so no cheap cigars that are flavored,&#x201d he said the idea behind the age restriction of 21 is to make the schools tobacco free, since students have the right to attend public school up until their 21st birthday.&#x201c It gets this out of the hands of the youth which is where people usually get addicted,&#x201d Santamaria Board of Health meets at 7 p.m. Monday in the Memorial Building.&#xa0 Danielle Ameden can be reached at 508 626 4416 or dameden Follow her on Twitter damedenMW.

Lawstuff australia – know your rights – – topics – cigarettes

It is against the law for anyone to sell cigarettes to you if you are under 18. This can include herbs and other things that are smoked, even if they do not contain tobacco. Anyone who sells or gives cigarettes to someone under 18 can be heavily fined.

Do I have to show ID?

The shop keeper can ask you for ID if they think you might be under 18. Valid ID includes

  • a current drivers license or

  • a valid proof of age card (including NSW Photo cards) or

  • a current passport.

If you refuse, lie, or use fake ID, you are breaking the law. You can be fined for doing so, and the police may confiscate the ID. For more information see our Fake ID page.

Can anyone confiscate my cigarettes if I am under 18?

Police and school teachers can confiscate cigarettes from you if you are under 18. The person who takes them is not allowed to return them to you.

Where can I smoke?

Indoor places

It is against the law to smoke in enclosed public places in South Australia. Enclosed public places are places that are open to the public, have a roof, and are mostly surrounded by walls (even if there are doors or open passageways). This includes places you have to pay to enter (like a theatre).

Some examples of these places are

  • Shopping centres

  • Restaurants, cafes and dining areas

  • Pubs, clubs and bars (except designated smoking areas)

  • Schools, colleges and universities

  • Community centres, halls and churches

  • Theatres, libraries and galleries

  • Public transport (buses, trains, trams, aeroplanes, taxis, ferries)

  • Gyms and sporting facilities

  • Hospitals.

If you are caught smoking in one of these places, you can

  • be given an informal caution or

  • fined $75 on the spot by police (if you are 16 or older) or

  • choose to have the matter decided by a court (which may fine you $200 if you are convicted).

Can I smoke when wearing my school uniform?

Some schools have rules about how you can behave when wearing school uniform. If your school has these kinds of rules, you may get in trouble for smoking in school uniform. For more information, ask your school for information about its uniform and smoking policies.

Can I smoke in a car?

You cannot smoke in a car if there is someone younger than 16 in the car. The possible fines are the same as for smoking in public places, above.

Additional information

If you would like more information, you may like to visit

  • South Australia Health

  • Reach Out

Alternatively, if you would like more detailed advice or have a specific problem, you can send us a Lawmail.

This page was last updated 11 November 2014.