A Massachusetts town’s Board of Health voted against becoming the first jurisdiction in the nation Wednesday that would have banned all sales on tobacco and similar products.
At its regular meeting Wednesday, the Westminster, Massachusetts Board of Health voted 2-1 Wednesday to abandon a proposal barring the sale of cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco, and e-cigarettes.
While Board chairwoman Andrea Crete voted to keep the proposal under consideration, members Ed Simoncini and Peter Munro voted to quash it. “The town is not in favor of the proposal, and therefore I am not in favor of the proposal,” said Simoncini, upon making the motion to dismiss, reported Fitchburg’s Sentinel and Enterprise.
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Last week, only four people spoke at a meeting to discuss the proposal because Crete said “It’s gotten too unruly” after the crowd began to sing “God Bless America” in response to the measure. One of those residents was Kevin West, who believed the proposal was worse than smoking itself:
“I find smoking to be one of the most disgusting habits anybody could possibly do. On top of that, I find this proposal to be even more of a disgusting thing.”
Store owner Brian Vincent, whose shop reportedly grosses $100,000 annually in tobacco sales, collected over 1200 signatures from residents to stop the ban, according to The Blaze. Westminster has about 7,400 residents. Simoncini thanked the town for their support after the proposal was killed Wednesday.
“You made the difference…It didn’t go as smoothly as we would have liked, but thank you.”
H/T CBS Boston
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