Tobacco Control Division

The Lowell Tobacco Control Program is a two-city tobacco control collaborative that also includes the City of Lawrence. This successful partnership has been in place since 2011.


The mission of the Lowell Tobacco Control Program is to develop, promote, implement, and enforce policies designed to reduce youth access to tobacco products and to reduce public exposure to secondhand smoke in the cities of Lowell and Lawrence. These policies commonly take the form of board of health regulations. The Tobacco Control Director is an agent of the Lowell and Lawrence Boards of Health.


Some of the activities carried out by the Lowell Tobacco Control Program include:

·     Compliance Checks:

These are stings where a minor, working undercover, attempts to purchase tobacco products at retail stores. It’s an effective way to determine retailers’ overall rate of compliance with current tobacco regulations.

·     Complaint Investigations

The program investigates reports of smoking, illegal sales of tobacco products to minors, and other alleged violations of the tobacco regulations.


·     Retail Inspections

The program conducts several retailer inspections throughout the year. In addition to ensuring that establishments are in compliance with the tobacco regulations, inspections are great opportunities to educate retailers about specific requirements and prevent violations.


Vaping is the use of e-cigarettes, e-hookahs, e-cigars and similar products to simulate the act of smoking. Although these electronic versions of tobacco products have become very popular, with brand names like JUUL , Imperial, Exo, Logic, Blu, Fantasia and many others, they are not recognized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as smoking cessation devices or safe alternatives to smoking. As of 10/15/18

For tips on how to talk to your kids about vaping, click here.

Quit Smoking

For help quitting smoking, please visit the Make Smoking History website or call (800) 784-8669 (800-QUIT-NOW).


Smoke-Free Policies

The Lowell Tobacco Control Program enforces the Massachusetts Smoke-Free Workplace Law (M.G.L. c. 270, s. 22) and further smoking and/or vaping restrictions adopted by the local Board of Health. In addition, the program offers technical assistance to landlords and property managers who wish to voluntarily adopt smoke-free policies at their multi-unit residential buildings.