Tobacco Use Prevention

Tobacco Use Prevention 

Smoking cigarettes has many health risks.  However, the younger you are when you start smoking, the more problems it can cause. People who start smoking before the age of 21 have the hardest time quitting. Teens who smoke are also more likely to use alcohol and illegal drugs.

The problem is not just cigarettes. Spit tobacco and cigars are not safe alternatives to cigarettes. Low-tar and additive-free tobacco products are not safe either.

Young people who do not start using tobacco by age 18 will most likely never start.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Download the CDC's Brochure on Preventing Teen Smoking here

 

Initiatives and Successes

Schools Social Norms Campaign

 

Substance Abuse Prevention Tobacco Policy Work Through the Board of Health

2012

Implementation of a $100 permit fee for all tobacco sellers (no prior fee)

  • Fee supports quarterly tobacco compliance checks (no prior program)
  • Outcome - Significant decrease in sales to minors

2013

Ban on Smoking/Hookah Bars

  • Outcome – No Hookah Bars in Weymouth

2014

Sales Regulation:

  • Restrict the sale of Electronic Cigarettes to those 18 years old and over
  • Include signage requirements and a definition for nicotine delivery products
  • Cap the number of Tobacco Sales Licenses issued in Weymouth at (70)
  • Restrict the sale of cigars to packages of at least four (4) - if the cigar is $2.50 or more than it may be sold individually
  • Prohibit the sales of Blunt Wraps
  • Ban tobacco sales in health care institutions (including pharmacies)
  • Ban tobacco sales in educational institutions
  • Ban the sale of Non-Residential Roll Your Own Machines

Smoking Regulation:

  • Bans the use (smoking) of electronic cigarettes in all areas where smoking tobacco products are bannedm - including the workplace
  • Bans smoking in all municipal parks, playgrounds, beaches, swimming areas, bus and taxi waiting areas
  • Bans smoking within 25 feet of all municipal building entrances
  • Continues the ban of cigar and hookah bars. 

 

Tobacco Compliance Checks

The Health Department contracts with an officer from the former the South Shore Tobacco Control to conduct quarterly tobacco compliance checks.    During tobacco compliance checks, underage buyers attempt to purchase tobacco from merchants to determine if licensees are compliant with the law.  Consequences for merchants found out of compliance include fines and suspension of license.