Massachusetts Medical Society: President Dr. Alain A. Chaoui on Massachusetts law prohibiting sales of tobacco products to those under 21 years of age

President Dr. Alain A. Chaoui on Massachusetts law prohibiting sales of tobacco products to those under 21 years of age

“As a family physician and a parent, I’m grateful for the important step taken today by the Commonwealth to raise the age requirement for legal purchase of tobacco and e-cigarettes to 21. I’m proud that the advocacy efforts put forth by the Massachusetts Medical Society and our partners from Tobacco Free Mass. have contributed to this important win for public health in the Commonwealth.

“The 25,000 physicians and medical students that comprise the Massachusetts Medical Society commend Governor Baker and our Legislature for their consideration of public health in reaching a decision to improve the quality of life and, quite likely, save lives of children in our state.

“By taking steps to restrict access to products we know cause disease and premature death, the Commonwealth acted to protect our children and significantly decreased the chances that their health will one day be compromised by the harmful effects of tobacco use. 

“Many of my patients regret their decisions to start smoking at an early age because the cessation process can be incredibly difficult. This law will lessen the likelihood that children will begin a habit that we know will increase their odds of developing serious and life-threatening health issues.”

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