Massachusetts Medical Society: Tobacco Control and Boards of Health

Tobacco Control and Boards of Health

The Society’s Department of Public Health and Education is collaborating with the American Lung Association of New England, the Massachusetts Association of Health Boards, the Massachusetts Municipal Association, the state Department of Public Health’s Tobacco Control Program, and Tobacco Free Mass in reaching out to local boards of health to urge towns and cities to ban the sale of tobacco and related products in health care facilities, including pharmacies. 

Cities and towns (.pdf, 1 page) in Massachusetts are implementing tobacco sales bans through health regulations or city ordinances. In Boston, Fall River, Worcester, and Wellesley, state and private colleges and universities have also banned the sale of tobacco on school-owned property. We are seeking volunteers to attend or submit letters to local boards of health testifying in support of updating regulations regarding the sale of tobacco and tobacco products in pharmacies.  Information to implement this change in your town through your local board of health can be found here and talking points are also included for those whose towns are in the contemplation stage. 

Massachusetts Medical Society has had policy on this since 2008.

Questions? Contact Candace Savage, MMS Department of Public Health and Education, at or (781) 434-7017

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