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Walpole

Local age limit up to 19 for buying tobacco

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Walpole’s Board of Health voted unanimously on March 12 to raise the minimum age for purchasing tobacco products from 18 to 19. The change took effect Thursday. The board had been asked by an area pediatrician to raise the age to 21, but decided on 19 for now, said Health Director Robin Chapell. The board “will look at it again in 18 months, with the possibility of raising the age again at that time,” she said.