Westminster Tobacco Ban Bill Withdrawn
Published By : 20 Nov 2014 | Published By : QYRESEARCH
The past few weeks saw a small town in Westminster fight over the Board of Health’s idea to ban the sale of tobacco products. Had the bill passed, the town would have become the first town in the U.S. to prohibit the retail products of legal nicotine. This includes most tobacco based products including cigarettes, chewing tobacco, cigars, and electronic cigarettes.
The residents of Westminster disagreed on the bill and did not let the initiative pass without a fight. They voiced their overwhelming opposition through special meetings, media attention and open letters. The Board of Health eventually voted 2-1 in their previous regular meeting to withdraw the proposal to ban tobacco.
Douglas Ciampi, an ORHS senior said that although most people do not smoke, they believe that they should have the right to choose for themselves. He also added that the town could face an economical setback due to the ban, as local businesses would suffer in terms of sales revenue.
The 7,500 population of the Central Massachusetts is quite evenly divided in terms of liberals and conservatives, with a minor tendency to lean towards the conservative.
The Statement of Purpose said that despite the state laws prohibit the sale of tobacco products to minors, access to tobacco products by minors is still a major public health problem. The bill was called the “regulation of the Westminster Board of Health Prohibiting the Sale of Tobacco Products”.
Most citizens did not see the sale of legal tobacco as an issue, and preferred to hold the right to choose whether or not they should smoke.