Group Seeks E-Cigarette, Other Tobacco Limits at Tuesday Hearing

The Northeast Tobacco Free Community Partnership wants to shape proposed tobacco regulations before the Methuen Board of Health Tuesday night.

The Lawrence-based group seeks to ensure electronic cigarettes are regulated in the same manner as other tobacco products, the minimum age of purchasers to be raised from 18 to 21, single cigars are sold for at least $2.50, flavored tobacco products sold only at adult- retail tobacco stores, the state’s “Quitline” toll-free number be posted at stores and prohibit sales at educational institutions, including colleges and universities.

The group also wants bans on the sale of blunt wraps, coupons that make non-cigarette products free or less than the state-set minimum price, self-service displays and non-residential roll-your-own machines. E-cigarette would also be prohibited wherever smoking is banned under the group’s proposal.

The Methuen Board of Health meets at 6 p.m., Tuesday, at Methuen City Hall.