Westminster Wants Total Tobacco Sale Ban


As it was written earlier, town of Westminster,  Massachusetts, with 7,700 inhabitants wants to ban sale of all tobacco products. This week there will be organized public hearings on the subject. In case the law will be adopted, Westminster will become first municipality in the USA to prohibit all kinds of tobacco products in towns.

Thomas Carr, director of national policy at the American Lung Association, says that up to date no other town across the country has such a law. Town health agent Elizabeth Swedberg considers the ban is a perfect solution to eliminate totally smoking from people’s lives.

Today tobacco companies try to attract more young people by creating new cheap and sweet products such as e-cigarettes, 69-cent bubblegum-flavored cigars, and smokeless tobacco resembling Tic Tac candies. It means that millions of children today are at risk for smoking related diseases. Health care specialists say that it is necessary to change the situation.

However, business owners dislike the idea as they worry that their business will be affected. Brian Vincent, the owner of grocery on Main Street, says that Tobacco products make up more than 5% of sales. A quarter of his customers buy tobacco products. Vincent is a smoker himself and that is one more reason why he does not support the ban. Now he encourages his customers to sign the petition against the proposal. Up to date are gathered 800 signatures.

David Sutton, a spokesman for Altria Group Inc., which owns the America’s biggest cigarette manufacturer, Philip Morris USA, said that the proposal is a bad policy that will harm local employers.

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