Newton Mayor Ruthanne Fuller is proposing banning the sale of e-cigarettes from all stores in the city (including gas stations or convenience stores) – except from the city’s two existing adult-only retail tobacco stores, e.g. Vape Daddy in Nonantum and Garden City Vape & Smoke in Newton Highlands.
Here’s the statement she released today in her email newsletter.
E-cigarettes – or vaping – is a growing epidemic. The numbers are staggering, and the ramifications alarming. Newton’s educators and parents are seeing more and more students vaping, and the users are getting younger and younger. Superintendent David Fleishman held a parent forum on vaping this past winter and newly revised anti-tobacco and anti-vaping education programs will be introduced in the elementary schools next year.
But, we need to do more.
Working in collaboration with Health and Human Services Commissioner Deborah Youngblood, we are moving forward with a regulation to make it more difficult for youngsters to have access to this addictive product in Newton. We are proposing to restrict e-cigarette sales in Newton to the two adult-only retail tobacco stores, e.g. Vape Daddy and Garden City Vape & Smoke. (Please note that we have already capped the number of adult-only retail tobacco stores to two.) This in effect means e-cigarettes and related products would no longer be available at gas stations or convenience stores.
The regulation won’t stop the epidemic, but it’s an important step forward.
The complete draft regulation will be available in August. The pubic will have an opportunity to voice their opinions at a listening session in October. The new regulation is proposed to take effect in December 2019.
General questions may be directed to [email protected]. Specific answers are unlikely to be available until after mid-August when the draft regulation is available.