Should you be 21 to smoke in Brockton? One group says no

Should you be 21 to smoke in Brockton? One group says no

Brockton Mayor Bill Carpenter is speaking out against a city proposal that would increase the age for buying cigarettes to 21 and would ban the sale of flavored tobacco products.

The municipal tobacco regulations were first floated in Brockton in 2014, when two Massachusetts doctors went around the state trying to communities to join the ban wagon.

Cigarettes are shown in an ash try in this 2006 file photo.BROCKTON – Brockton Mayor Bill Carpenter is speaking out against a city proposal to increase the age for buying cigarettes to 21 and ban the sale of flavored tobacco products.

The Brockton Board of Health is holding a hearing on Tuesday afternoon on whether to increase the minimum age to purchase cigarettes and e-cigarettes in the city from 18 to 21, in addition to a ban on flavored tobacco (except menthol), along with several other proposed restrictions.

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Some stations opt out of gas business in face of tank upgrades

Some stations opt out of gas business in face of tank upgrades

Matthew LeLacheur, co-executive director of the trade group New England Service Station and Automotive Repair Association, said station owners have known the change was coming for quite some time. Stations that made the required upgrades a year or two ago likely paid less than companies that waited until this summer, in part because there aren’t enough contractors to meet demand.

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