Newburyport raises tobacco-buying age to 19

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Newburyport recently joined nearly two dozen other communities in Massachusetts that have raised the legal age limit to purchase tobacco products.

Starting July 1, only individuals 19 and older will be allowed to buy cigarettes or other tobacco products in the city near the New Hampshire border.

The Board of Health voted March 20 to increase the purchase age, in an effort to keep tobacco out of the hands of high school students, according to Robert Bracey, Newburyport director of public health.

Mayor Donna Holaday, who appoints board of health members, opposed the move.

Until 2012, Needham was the only community in the United States that prohibited sales to anyone under 21 — a change the town made in 2005.

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