Tobacco

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As of November 1, 2021, there shall be no more than twenty (20) tobacco sales permits issued in the Town of Shrewsbury. New applicants for tobacco sales permits who are applying at a time when the maximum number of permits have been issued will be placed on a waiting list and will be eligible to apply for a permit on a "first-come, first-serve" basis as issued permits are either not renewed or are returned to the town.

Shrewsbury Tobacco Regulations - Effective November 1, 2021

On September 17, 2021, the Shrewsbury Board of Health adopted a new regulation called “Restricting the Sale of Tobacco Products”. This regulation will go into effect on November 1, 2021. 

The regulation includes, but is not limited to:    

  1. CAP ON THE NUMBER OF TOBACCO RETAILER PERMITS (WILL BE 20)
  2. NEW POLICY CHART 
  3. BAN SMOKING BARS, VAPE BARS, and HOOKAH BARS
  4. AMENDMENT TO FLAVOR POLICY
  5. BAN FLAVORED ROLLING PAPERS

Resources - Effective November 1, 2021

Shrewsbury Tobacco Regulations - Effective January 4, 2021

On November 20, 2020, the Shrewsbury Board of Health adopted a new regulation called “Restricting the Sale of Tobacco Products”. This regulation will go into effect on January 4, 2021. 

The regulation includes, but is not limited to, limiting where adult-only retail tobacco stores may be located, conforming definitions and certain policies with legislation signed by the Governor into law in November 2019.

Resources - Effective January 4, 2021

Resources - Effective January 1, 2020

Shrewsbury Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) Regulations - Effective January 1, 2019

On November 2, 2018, the Shrewsbury Board of Health voted to enact a regulation entitled “Regulations Prohibiting Smoking in Workplaces and Public Places". The regulation includes, but is not limited prohibiting smoking within a twenty five (25) foot buffer zone around municipal building entrances accessible to the public, prohibiting smoking at all municipal owned parks, play grounds recreational facilities and beaches. E-cigarettes use is also prohibited wherever smoking is prohibited. Copies of this regulation are available in the office of the Board of Health on the first floor at the Richard D. Carney Municipal Office Building, 100 Maple Avenue, Shrewsbury, MA 01545.

Resources - Effective January 1, 2019

Shrewsbury Tobacco Regulations - Effective January 1, 2018

The Shrewsbury Board of Health adopted the below at their October 13, 2017 meeting. 

a.    Include minimum cigar packaging/pricing
b. No sales within five hundred (500) feet of a school
c. Increase the minimum legal sales from eighteen (18) to twenty one (21)
d. Ban on blunt wraps
e. Ban on non-residential Roll-Your-Own (RYO) machines
f. Ban tobacco product sales in healthcare institutions
g. Ban tobacco product sales in educational institutions
h. Increase the tolling period from twenty four (24) to thirty six (36) months
i. Increase the suspension period for second and third offenses from 7 / 30 days
       to 14 / 60 days

Resources - Effective January 1, 2018

Resources for Tobacco Retailers 

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Resources to Help Youth Quit Vaping

Vapes and cigarettes are a lot alike - they both put nicotine and cancer-causing chemicals in the body, and they are both highly addictive and dangerous for young people. The tobacco and vaping industries target young people so they'll become lifetime users addicted to their products. You can help your patients quit vaping by referring them to these free Massachusetts resources!

Massachusetts offers free vaping and nicotine treatment services to youth and young adults. Talk, text, or online chat is available 24/7. Written materials and tools are available to providers free of charge. 

MY LIFE, MY QUIT: Youth cessation programs through the MA Quitline

Youth smoking and vaping program (for youth 12 - 17 years old)

  • Designated coaching model for youth-specific and developmentally appropriate cessation needs
  • Specifically trained Youth Coach Specialists for all youth participants
  • Includes counseling and a variety of ways to access the quitline services 24/7 - Talk, text. or online chat
  • Refer patients using a QuitWorks fax form, or ask patient to text “Start My Quit” to 36072 or enroll online at mylifemyquit.com 

Young adult tobacco use and vaping program (for young adults 18 - 24 years old)

  • Includes features of the general program for 1-800-QUIT-NOW as well as live text coaching
  • Opt in for automated text messages tailored by age, tobacco type, and readiness to change
  • Text START to 36072, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW, or visit mylifemyquit.com 

THIS IS QUITTING MA is a confidential texting program available to MA youth, powered by truth in partnership with the MA Dept. of Public Health.

  • Anonymous text-only program available to youth 13 to 24 years old
  • Youth can get started by texting VapeFreeMass to 88709

For more information on these programs visit mass.gov/vaping

Quit Smoking or Using Other Tobacco Products

Make a healthier life for you and your family!

If you want to quit smoking or using other tobacco products and tried in the past, don’t give up.  Many users say quitting is the hardest thing they’ve done and help is available, so keep trying!

The Massachusetts Smokers’ Helpline at 1-800-QUIT NOW (1-800-784-8669) is available for free coaching 24 hours each day, seven days a week to support you through quitting. In addition, now you can enroll online through KeepTryingMA.org. Online supports include quit planning tools, peer support and motivational text messages. For more information, visit KeepTryingMA.org or contact Tina Grosowsky, 508-856-5067. Make the choice to quit today!

The MA Smokers' Helpline offers free support to quit smoking

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