Tobacco Free Mass advocates for legislation, policies and programs that counteract the tobacco industry’s impact on the people of Massachusetts, focusing on those most affected by tobacco use and its harms.
Our legislative priorities for the current 2023 session are:
We work for the day when no person in the Commonwealth is addicted to nicotine or impacted by the harmful effects of tobacco use on health and wellbeing.
Current tobacco laws in Massachusetts
The Massachusetts Association of Health Boards has collaborated with other experts to create a guide to tobacco laws in Massachusetts.
Laying a Solid Foundation: Tobacco Laws Pertaining to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is a comprehensive listing of state and federal tobacco-related laws affecting Massachusetts, as well as provisions from the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement between most states’ Attorneys General and the vast majority of tobacco companies. It was last updated in 2021.
In Massachusetts, cities and towns can enact stricter tobacco-related laws than those at the state or national level, so it's important to check municipal websites or the city/town clerk's office to see if a municipality has laws that enhance or advance state or national ones.
Tobacco Free Mass supports federal legislation to advance our priorities on the national level. The Quit Because of COVID-19 Act supports our efforts to increase access to tobacco cessation and the Tobacco Tax Equity Act supplements our state-level efforts to discourage youth tobacco use by increasing the price of tobacco products. We also support the FDA's effort to stop the sale of menthol cigarettes and federal efforts to stop the sale of new, harmful nicotine products like JUUL.