Tobacco Control

Smoke free Word graphicThe Orange Board of Health has tobacco control regulations protecting people in the work place and public places as well as regulations for retail establishments in order to reduce the selling of tobacco to youth. 

Joan Hamlett is Director of the Central Massachusetts Boards of Health Tobacco Control Alliance representing 34 communities including the Town of Orange. The Alliance assists the Local Boards of Health in the 34 communities in drafting local tobacco control regulations and is responsible for conducting youth access to tobacco compliance checks and point-of-purchase audits of all tobacco retail facilities. These inspections ensure retailers are in compliance with State and local regulations surrounding tobacco and to ensure staff is not selling tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21 years. 

The Alliance also responds to complaints related to the smoke free workplace laws. Massachusetts Law prohibits the sale of any tobacco products to those under the age of 21 years. The Federal Synar Amendment requires all states to conduct random, unannounced compliance checks with local retailers where underage youth may attempt to purchase tobacco. There is a direct correlation between the rates of youth access and the funding of programs that educate retailers and enforce the law.

Below you will find the Board of Health regulations for Tobacco Control as well as information on State Tobacco Control.

Tobacco related complaints can be directed to the "Leominster Tobacco Control Alliance".