GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The town of Greenfield is contemplating changing the age that a person must be in order to purchase tobacco products. A week from Wednesday at 5 o’clock, the Greenfield Board of Health is holding a public hearing at 20 Sanderson Street to consider amending tobacco regulations.

The town is following in the wake of the Franklin County towns of Montague and Leverett- where they have raised the smoking age from 18 to 21 and banned flavored tobacco. That will be in effect starting in July.

Greenfield will also be considering capping the number of permits allowed to sell tobacco.

Michael Beattie of Greenfield told 22News, “I’m against it. If someone can serve their country and the armed forces at age 18 they should be able to buy a pack of cigarettes. Their choice.”

A survey of Greenfield High School Seniors this past year found that 42% reported use of tobacco products other than cigarettes, including flavored cigars. Retail stores would be exempt from the flavor ban but not from the 21 years of age requirement.