Tobacco Law

The State of Massachusetts Tobacco Law - Minimum Standards for Retail Sale of Tobacco and Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (105 CMR 665.000) went into effect on March 6, 2020.  These regulations placed certain restriction on non-age restricted retail establishments (i.e. convenience stores, gas stations, liquor stores, etc.)

Foxborough permitted tobacco retail establishments can be understand the restrictions, can view the State's "Where and What Tobacco Products Can Be Sold in Massachusetts" chart.

Also, as a non-age restricted retail establishment, our permitted tobacco establishments are required to post a series of signs.  Health Inspectors, during routine tobacco inspections, will be confirming these signs are posted.  Failure to have these required signs posted may result in notices of violations and/or monetary fines issued to the permittee.  Find out what signs are required.  The Foxborough Health Department have copies of all required signs.  Reach out to us to see if we have extras!  They are also available (for free) on the Massachusetts Health Promotion Clearinghouse.

The Foxborough Health Department also encourages all tobacco retail staff to take part in this free online training that teaches employees how to check the ID of a customer who wants to buy tobacco products.  Available in English and Spanish.

Be Informed

Tobacco can affect your health in many ways.   In 2020, the Surgeon General Report reported on the what tobacco can do to the body and how cessation plays a role in your overall health.  View the facts.

On September 11, 2019, Commissioner Bharel declared that all possible cases of unexplained e-cigarette or vaping-associated pulmonary disease are now considered a REPORTABLE
to the State DPH.  Read full declaration here.

Campaigning Against the Epidemic

The Massachusetts Get Outraged! campaign helps parents, caregivers, and guardians understand the facts around e-cigarettes and vapes, gives tools on how to talk to their kids about vaping, and resources on how to help youth quite.

"The Real Cost"FDA's first tobacco prevention campaign
*Smokeless doesn't mean harmless*
"The 84 Movement"Massachusetts Department of Public Health's Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Program
*Massachusetts Youth Fighting Against Tobacco*

Commit to Quit

There are several avenues you can turn to if you are thinking about quitting.  Find the one that will work for you...
For youth and young adults: Text "DITCHVAPE" to 88709 For Parents and Other adults looking to help young people quit: Text "QUIT" to (202) 899-7550 (More info on these programs, click here)

Youth coach specialists available
Call or Text "Start My Quit" to 36072(More info on this program or to sign up online, click here)

Helping Kids Quit (National Campaign)
Helping Kids Quit (State Campaign)

Other tools and tips for quitting...visit  

Did you know?!?!  CDC's Tips campaign led to 1 million U.S. adults to quit smoking.  Amazing!  Check out this federally funded anti-smoking ad campaign, maybe it'll help you take that next step to quitting!