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Who Should Be Allowed to Use Tobacco?: Cities and Towns Reconsider the Smoking Age


Last week, the city of Dover became the first New Hampshire municipality to raise their smoking age from 18 to 21. The new city ordinance prohibits anyone under 21 from buying, using or possessing tobacco products, including e-cigarettes and vaping devices. We look at what kind of impact this law may have on the Dover community, and the state as a whole, and look at similar legislation in Maine and Massachusetts. 

Later in the hour, an update on marijuana legalization across New England. 


  • Robert Garrova - NHPR reporter.
  • Hannah Martuscello - A senior at Dover High School and a member of Dover Youth 2 Youth, a youth empowerment organization that advocates against drug and alcohol abuse.
  • Jon Shaer - Executive Director of the New England Convenience Store and Energy Marketers Association.
  • Dan Tuohy - NHPR Digital Engagement Producer.

Related Reading

Check out this breakdown of towns and cities with "Tobacco 21" laws by state.

Dan Tuohy reported on marijuana sales in neighbors Maine and Massachusetts, and where N.H. stands. 

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