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Tobacco buying age now set at 21

Arlington planning tofollowin3 years

Dover will become the fourth town in the state to raise the age to buy cigarettes to 21 and Arlington is moving to reach 21 over three years, after boards of health in both towns last week decided to hike the minimum purchasing age to keep tobacco products away from children.

Last week’s votes, on Monday in Dover and on Wednesday in Arlington, follow similar action in recent months in Sharon and Canton, as towns around the region move to curb smoking among youth and health advocates try to create a political domino effect that they hope will eventually result in a state-wide minimum age of 21.

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