tobaccoTobacco, Alcohol, and Substance Abuse Prevention Program

The New Bedford Health Department’s Tobacco, Alcohol and Substance Abuse Program seeks to protect youth in the community by reducing the flow of tobacco products, alcohol, and other drugs to underage youth and adults.

The New Bedford Board of Health (BOH) leads the Commonwealth in the creation and adoption of tobacco regulations aimed at preventing illness due to smoking tobacco and exposure to second-hand smoke in the workplace and public spaces.

Tobacco Prevention Program: seeks to improve the health of the community by reducing the flow/access of cigarettes to youth under 21.

  •  Program highlight:

“Under 27” Campaign

  • New BOH Regulations:

Prohibited Smoking in Workplace and Public Places

Restricting Tobacco and Nicotine products

  • Resources for Quitting:

Time to Quit

Treatment Resources and Services

Make Smoking History  

The Health Department is responsible for issuing tobacco sales permits and conducting inspections at local businesses and food establishments. Tobacco Business Permit Application

Medical Marijuana:  The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) is responsible for developing and implementing new regulations for the cultivation, sale, and use of Medical Marijuana.

New Bedford Community Alcohol Prevention Program (CAPP):  seeks to improve the health of the community by changing institutional policies, procedures and practices to reduce the flow of/access to alcohol to youth under the age of 21 using a grassroots community organizing process.

Some of the efforts include:

  • Family Pledges
  •  Youth Bill of Rights
  • “21 Proof” Responsible Beverage Server Trainings
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