Board of Health Looking to Make New Regulations on Tobacco Use

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The Watertown Board of Health will consider changes to the town’s rules on tobacco, including banning smoking in new tobacco retailers and smoke bars and requiring e-cigarette liquids to be in child proof containers. 

The Watertown Health Department sent out the following announcement:

The Watertown Board of Health will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, June 22 in the Town Administration Building, 149 Main St., Third Floor Conference Room at 7:20 p.m. to hear comments from the public about proposed amendments to their current tobacco sales regulation entitled “Regulation Regarding Smoking and the Sale and Use of Tobacco Products.”

Many of the proposed amendments are updating terminology and language commonly used across the state. The proposed substantive amendments include expanding the definition for tobacco products to include products that rely on vaporization. Additionally, banning smoking and electronic cigarette use in “smoking bars” (cigar bars, hookah bars) and “retail tobacco stores” (tobacconists, vape shops) that have not been in operation before April 1, 2016.

The proposed changes also include incorporation of the state’s Attorney General regulations on the sale and distribution of cigarettes, smokeless tobacco products and electronic smoking devices as well as requiring that all e-cigarette solutions be sold in child-resistant packaging.

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