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All workplaces, restaurants, and bars in Massachusetts are 100% smokefree as of July 5, 2004. The law has limited exceptions for membership associations and smoking bars, which are defined as bars in which 51% or more of the revenue is generated by the sale of tobacco products. Massachusetts' statewide success was built upon many years of hard work to enact strong smokefree laws at the local level. There were 110 local laws with 100% smokefree provisions when the state law was enacted in 2004-nearly 1/3 of all communities in the state.

Numerous local communities have closed the loophole in the state law that allows smoking in private clubs in order to protect the health of their local residents. Communities are also considering going beyond the state law's protections to expand smokefree air to other venues, including outdoor patio dining areas and other outdoor areas where people gather.

The 2010 Legislature has proposed several bills for smokefree cars when children are present, smokefree public housing units for the elderly, and tobacco-free pharmacies.

Read more about current tobacco-related legislation in Massachusetts.

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Smokefree & Related News

Housing leader unsure whether Quincy smoking ban would include ...
Wicked Local Quincy - March 25, 2015

The head of Quincy Housing Authority says he's not sure if a proposed smoking ban on publicly-subsidized properties would also include medical marijuana, ...

Reaction mixed to proposed smoking ban at Quincy public housing ...
The Patriot Ledger - March 25, 2015

Reaction mixed to proposed smoking ban at Quincy public housing properties ... Currently, only two locations have bans: a building in the Louis George Village ...

Smokers to be asked not to light up on Hull beaches
The Patriot Ledger - March 25, 2015

HULL - The town's board of health won't be extending its ban on smoking in parks and ... Smoking is banned on the areas of the beach controlled by the state ...

The dope on legalizing pot: It's a bad idea
Lowell Sun - March 25, 2015

... presidential election that if approved would make smoking a joint as ... to craft their own legislation to preempt a direct decision by the voters.

Smoke ban being considered for Quincy public housing properties
Wicked Local Quincy - March 24, 2015

The Quincy Housing Authority is considering imposing a smoking ban at its various ... Smoking bans on publicly-subsidized properties aren't unprecedented.

Incumbent faces challenge in Board of Health race
SouthCoastToday.com - March 24, 2015

She said the board has taken positive steps in instituting regulations like regulating flavored tobacco products aimed at young people. She said there has been a ...

Health Board seeks legal help with flavored tobacco violations
SouthCoastToday.com - March 24, 2015

FAIRHAVEN - The Board of Health wants to go after a retailer who members say continues to sell flavored tobacco products to young people despite the new

This Lynn daughter isn't blowing smoke
Daily Item - March 24, 2015

Brendan Crighton of Lynn, and will focus not only on how easily youth can purchase e-cigarettes, but on how they can become just as addictive as traditional ...

Board of Health Backs Off of Some Proposed Regulations
Winthrop Transcript - March 19, 2015

The board had also initially proposed no smoking on town beaches and in town ... no sale of tobacco products at educational sites; ban smoking and tobacco ...

Targeting predatory e-cigarette sales
Lowell Sun - March 19, 2015

But when it comes to recognizing the potential harmful effects of electronic cigarettes and regulation of their sales, the commonwealth's efforts have amounted to ...

Berkshires Take Look At Raising Tobacco Purchasing Age
WAMC - March 19, 2015

A growing trend to raise the age of tobacco purchasing has made its way to ... companies target younger people through flavored cigars and e-cigarettes.

E-cigarettes banned on Springfield Housing Authority property
wwlp.com - March 18, 2015

(WWLP) - In 2012, the Springfield Housing Authority phased in a ban on ... told 22News employees were complaining about the smoke from the e-cigarettes.

Mass. AG seeks ban on sale of e-cigarettes to minors
The Recorder - March 18, 2015

The federal government wants to ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and ... cigars and chewing tobacco - including banning most sales of e-cigarettes except ... prohibitions to e-cigarettes, including the state's workplace smoking ban.

Businesses on board with e-cigarette regulations
Boston Business Journal (blog) - March 18, 2015

"Most that sell these e-cigarettes do card, don't sell to minors, sell over the counter…even the manufacturers urge the sellers to do that - treat it like a normal ...

Hull health board to discuss smoking ban at beaches
Wicked Local Hull - March 18, 2015

HULL - The question of banning smoking on the town's beaches will be discussed at ... of the school department, where smoking is already banned by state law.

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey proposes prohibiting ...
MassLive.com - March 17, 2015

According to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation, an anti-smoking advocacy group, 18 states have laws on the books regulating the use of ...

Editorial: Curbing tobacco use
The Recorder - March 17, 2015

The damage caused by tobacco use, however, isn't limited to those who pick up the habit. Secondhand smoke also has a significant impact on family and friends ...

E-Cigarettes Banned at Housing Authority in Springfield
abc40 - March 17, 2015

The Springfield Housing Authority is banning e-cigarettes from their ... "I'm glad they banned smoking cigs in here, but I don't think people are respecting the ban ...

E-cigarettes: Are they safe?
The Recorder - March 17, 2015

The smoker wasn't smoking any old Marlboro, but an e-cigarette or ... A total of 83 cities and towns across the state have banned e-cigarette use where ...

Source: AG Regulations Will Ban Sale Of E-Cigarettes To Minors
WBUR - March 17, 2015

... sale and marketing of electronic cigarettes to minors would be banned under new ... E-cigarettes, which offer a nicotine substitute for smokers but do not contain ... for a bill to include electronic cigarettes in the state's workplace smoking ban. ... to those 18 or older, and in some cases banning their use in the workplace.

Greenfield raises legal tobacco sale age to 21, joining 51 ...
MassLive.com - March 12, 2015

Greenfield now stands as the 52nd community in Massachusetts to ban tobacco ... Donovan rattled off statistics about teen smoking in Greenfield, saying the ...

Massachusetts lawmakers move to end marijuana war
SFGate (blog) - March 12, 2015

David M Rogers and 14 co-sponsors moved to tax and regulate cannabis this ... records of marijuana violations, which hold people back from jobs, housing, and ...

Law | Winchester, MA Proposes New Tobacco Bans
The Cigar Authority - March 9, 2015

The board is holding a hearing tonight, March 9th that will ban the sale of flavored tobacco products. The board is also seeking to set minimum pricing on all ...

New tobacco regulations to be considered
Wicked Local Winchester - March 6, 2015

If the Winchester Board of Public Health has its way, it will soon be nearly impossible to buy any sort of tobacco products in town. The board is holding a public hearing on March 9 to gauge residents' thoughts on potential new town tobacco regulations that would ban the sale of flavored tobacco products and flavored e-cigarettes. We would like to get tobacco and [similar] non-tobacco products like e-cigarettes on the same level, said Jennifer Murphy, director of the Winchester Health Department.

Greenfield tobacco regulations light up debate
The Recorder - March 5, 2015

GREENFIELD It may not be long before you have to be 21 to buy tobacco ... tobacco early in 2014 by banning the sale of tobacco products in pharmacies and ...

Greenfield health board to consider ban on tobacco sales to anyone ...
MassLive.com - March 5, 2015

The Greenfield Board of Health will consider new rules that would prohibit the sale of tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21. The draft regulations, which would also set a cap on local permits, will be the topic of a public hearing on March 11.

Marblehead Housing Authority smoking ban set to take effect
Wicked Local Marblehead - December 4, 2014

"Smoking costs everybody a lot of money," said Commissioner Pam Foye, the board's vice chairperson. "Putting a ban into effect has been a trend among ...

E-Cigarettes Sales Restricted in Everett
Everett Independent - December 4, 2014

The regulation now contains an expanded definition of tobacco products that ... of nicotine content, that rely on vaporization such as e-cigarettes or vapor pens.

Marshfield reviewing its tobacco policies
Wicked Local Marshfield - December 2, 2014

Others have banned the sale of blunt wraps, which he said are typically used ... "There's no evidence to say it helps you quit smoking or cut down," Wilson said.

Rules on e-cigarettes in flux
Sentinel & Enterprise - December 1, 2014

FITCHBURG -- With no state or federal age restrictions on the sale of electronic cigarette devices, some communities have introduced local restrictions, while ...

After Debate, Massachusetts Town Won't Ban All Sales of Tobacco
Daily Signal - November 25, 2014

The pharmacy is one of eight retailers in Westminster that sells tobacco products. ... first community in the country to prohibit the sale of tobacco and e-cigarette ...

Framingham raises tobacco purchase age to 21
Wicked Local Framingham - November 25, 2014

FRAMINGHAM The Board of Health set stricter tobacco regulations Monday, raising the minimum age of purchase to 21 to try to snuff out teen smoking. While voting 2-1 not to ban the sale of tobacco in pharmacies, board ... Mike Hugo vowed, concerned that stores are selling cigarettes at the same time as filling ...

Editorial: Town Meeting should keep tobacco regulation bylaws
Wicked Local Lexington - November 24, 2014

The Lexington Board of Health wants to add Lexington to the growing number of Massachusetts communities that are raising the legal age for buying tobacco products from 18 to 21. The board has changed the local regulations and once the Board of Health adopts those regulations they will contradict standing town bylaws. In addition to increasing the age at which it is legal to buy tobacco products, these new regulations would add e-cigarettes to the items under the controls ...

Liberty wins in Massachusetts 'Nanny State' tobacco battle
Watchdog.org - November 24, 2014

Smokers and nonsmokers alike in Westminster, Mass., came together to push back a move by the towns Board of Health to ban the sale of all tobacco and nicotine products within the city limits.

Control freaks
Newton Daily News - November 24, 2014

Bans on smoking in restaurants and bars is one of the control freaks' favorite ... Massachusetts, recently held hearings on whether to ban the sale of tobacco ...

Banning tobacco is a fearsome notion
Theadanews - November 24, 2014

One of the reasons my mother is still ticking along at 96 years of age is because she gave up smoking over 50 years ago while we kids still lived at home. But for me, thats as far as it goes. I do not blame residents of Westminster, Mass. for their fury over their local Board of Health planning to ban the sale of tobacco in their community. The New York Times reports residents there are up in arms about it even if they dont smoke. Some have said even though the habit personally disgusts them, the idea of a complete ban on the sale of tobacco products disgusts them more. It is one thing to ban smoking in public places. It is quite another to outlaw it outright.

Framingham, Mass. Could Increase Tobacco Purchase Age
halfwheel.com - November 22, 2014

The board of health in Framingham, Mass. could raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products in the town from 18 to 21 at its meeting on Monday, one of a handful of changes that are being considered to curb tobacco sales to minors. Also up for discussion is reducing the number of tobacco stores in the city from 76 to 60 by not revoking licenses if a business closes or its penalized for a tobacco-related violations. Purchase of electronic cigarettes could also be limited to persons at least 21-years-old, and might be restricted to stores with special vapor product permits, not other stores who have tobacco sales permits.

UMass Boston needs to be firmer to eliminate on-campus smoking
The Mass Media - November 21, 2014

The new University of Massachusetts Boston tobacco-free policy has been a major topic of discussion on campus since it was approved. The policy, set to take ...

Hingham, Mass. Raises Tobacco Purchase Age to 19
halfwheel.com - November 21, 2014

Board of Health voted to increase the minimum age to purchase tobacco products and electronic cigarettes by one year, upping it from 18 to 19 years of age.

How BrooklineTown Meeting voted: Second night
Wicked Local Brookline - November 20, 2014

Article 11: Adding electronic cigarettes to the town's smoking bylaw, which would not allow anyone under the age of 21 to purchase them, and outlaw them at ...

Massachusetts Town Votes to End Bid for Tobacco Ban
New York Times - November 20, 2014

...at its regular meeting Wednesday afternoon, the board voted 2 to 1 to rescind the proposal, saying it had already heard the town's objections loud and clear. "The town is not in favor of the proposal, and therefore I am not in favor of the proposal," Ed...

Letter: Health board protects Fairhaven youths
SouthCoastToday.com - November 20, 2014

Smoking e-cigarettes in the workplace has been banned in Fairhaven in order to protect workers, as well. For this and their dedication to protecting the health of ...

Hingham raising minimum age for buying tobacco to 19
The Patriot Ledger - November 20, 2014

HINGHAM - Starting Jan. 1, people buying tobacco products and electronic cigarettes in Hingham will have to be at least 19 years old. The town's board of ...

Special Town Meeting in Brookline Tonight
Patch.com - November 20, 2014

Citizens will decide on 19 proposed measures regarding medical marijuana, e-cigarettes, and collective bargaining agreements, among other topics. Brookline ...

Amid battle over tobacco in Westminster, recall petitions expected to ...
Worcester Telegram - November 19, 2014

The affidavits list the health board's proposal to ban the sale of tobacco products ... is not expected to rule on whether to approve the smoking ban until after Dec.

WorldNetDaily.com - November 19, 2014

It's totalitarianism from the health police. If secondhand smoke were dangerous enough to threaten non-smokers, the control freaks would have a point, but it isn't. It barely has any detectable health effect at all.

One Seaport Square Breaks Ground in Boston
Multi-Housing News - November 19, 2014
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The smoke-free buildings will use environmentally safe cleaning supplies and will practice waste efficiency in their recycling and trash service programs.

Stricter marijuana zoning denied by Town Meeting
Wicked Local Brookline - November 18, 2014

Three out of four Brookline residents voted to allow for medical marijuana in ... would surface across the street at 22 High St., a public housing development.

Letter: Medical marijuana a threat to public housing tenants
Wicked Local Brookline - November 18, 2014

But there has been little talk or regard about the registered marijuana dispensary slated to open across the street from the town's largest public housing complex.

Tobacco ban not the right move
Sentinel & Enterprise - November 17, 2014

Oh, it's frowned upon by a large segment of the population, whether you chew it or smoke it rolled up in a piece of paper. No doubt about it, there is a large ...

The university's new anti-smoking policy doesn't make much sense
The Mass Media - November 17, 2014

... smokers and non-smokers on campus, improved endeavors for fire reduction, ... the college for taking steps to fix this problem for me and fellow nonsmokers.

Disgusted by Smoking, Outraged by a Plan to Ban Tobacco
New York Times - November 17, 2014

WESTMINSTER, Mass. The fury and make no mistake, it is white-hot fury went way beyond the ordinary wrath of offended citizenry. A plan here to ban the sale of tobacco has ignited a call to arms.

Peabody Council sets firm guidelines for e-cigarette shop
The Salem News - November 16, 2014

PEABODY City Councilor Barry Sinewitz has taken matters into his own hands and imposed numerous restrictions on a new vapor shop in West Peabody, including prohibiting sales of e-cigarettes to minors and banning vaping inside the shop. ...

Official overreach a real drag
Worcester Telegram - November 16, 2014

More than 1,000 of the town's 7,400 residents signed a petition against the ban, including many nonsmokers. Maybe they're afraid the board will next come after ...

Westminster Retailers Speak Out Against Health Board Proposal
CSPnet.com - November 15, 2014

The board also has said that it wants to keep flavored cigars, electronic cigarettes and other new products away from children. Brian Vincent owns Vincent's ...

Massachusetts town mulls nation's first total tobacco ban [VIDEO]
PBS NewsHour - November 15, 2014

The unprecedented pitch would ban the sale cigarettes, chewing tobacco and e-cigarettes within the city. Proponents cite the benefit of the reduced health risks ...

Small Massachusetts Town Fumes Over Proposed Tobacco Sales Ban
Newsweek - November 14, 2014

Residents of the small town of Westminster, Massachusetts, are fuming over a proposed ban on the sale of all tobacco products within town limits. A town meeting held Wednesday evening to discuss the proposal ended after barely 20 minutes when attendees refused to stop clapping and shouting. . It almost goes without saying that big tobacco companies are not on board. Bronson Frick, an associate director at Americans for Nonsmokers Rights, tells Newsweek the Westminster proposal is surely on the radar of big tobacco, should the idea spread beyond Westminster.

Mass. tobacco ban hearing too rowdy, ends early
WCSH-TV - November 14, 2014

The decision rests solely with the board, which says it is fed up with bubblegum-flavored cigars, electronic cigarettes and other new products that appeal to ...

From Marlboro Man to smoking ban: a timeline of tobacco in America
Telegraph.co.uk - November 14, 2014

1990: Smoking is banned on domestic flights across the United States. ... 2011: New York City bans smoking in public areas, including Times Square and ...

Holbrook raises tobacco buying age to 19; bans synthetic marijuana
Wicked Local Holbrook - November 13, 2014

Holbrook officials have banned the sale of synthetic marijuana in town and ... and smoking tobacco causes cancer as well as respiratory and cardiac diseases.

Hot topics at Town Meeting: synopses of three warrant articles
Wicked Local Brookline - November 13, 2014

... regulate the dispensary was not through zoning, but through the licensing process. ... Article 11: Tobacco control. Page 2 of 2 - Brookline High School student Nathan Bermel was behind the effort to ban cigarette use around Brookline High School and increase the purchasing age for cigarettes to 21 earlier this year, and ...

Hearing on tobacco ban ends on sour note / WESTMINSTER BOARD CUTS OFF DISCUSSION
Worcester (MA) Telegram & Gazette - November 12, 2014

With more than 200 people attending, a Board of Health public hearing on a proposed ban on tobacco sales ended prematurely after shouting broke out over a no-clapping rule.

'Unruly audience' halts public input after 23 minutes
Lowell (MA) Sun - November 12, 2014

The hearing drew vocal Westminster residents as well as local and national news outlets, including PBS, The New York Times, the Boston Herald and NECN, but was shut down before 7 p.m. The Board of Health said that only people who had signed up beforehand

LETTER: Proposed smoking bans in Cambridge exacerbate divide ...
Wicked Local Mendon - November 11, 2014

Councilor Marc McGovern stated at last week's City Council Ordinance Committee hearing to consider new tobacco restrictions that someone's right to smoke ...

Holbrook creates smoke-free zone at restaurants
Wicked Local Holbrook - November 12, 2014

Diners who want to have a smoke after a meal will have to keep 50 feet away from a restaurant's doorway. The Holbrook Board of Health recently adopted a ...

Editorial: Tobacco ban defies logic
Boston Herald - November 12, 2014

The Board of Health in its draft proposal cites a 1949 Supreme Judicial Court case that said the right to engage in business "must yield to the paramount right of government to protect the public health by any rational means." Tobacco prohibition ration

Store owners: Butt out! Uproar over Westminster plan to ban tobacco sales
Boston Herald - November 12, 2014

Westminster store owners and their supporters - fuming over their Health Board's first-in-the-nation plan to ban tobacco sales - plan to pack a public hearing on the controversial proposal tonight that they say will crush business in the sleepy central M

LETTER: Proposed smoking bans in Cambridge exacerbate divide between haves and have-nots
Wicked Local (MA) - November 12, 2014

Another large 2003 study, peer-reviewed and published in the British Medical Journal in 2003, similarly found no link between secondhand smoke and heart disease or lung cancer. Sir Richard Doll, the renowned epidemiologist who is credited with first estab

Public to Comment on 1st-In-Nation Tobacco Ban
AP - Associated Press - November 12, 2014

Westminster's Board of Health said it was expecting a strong turnout Wednesday evening, and it was meeting in a school cafeteria rather than in its usual cramped conference room at Town Hall. A final decision was expected later.

EDITORIAL: Our View: Bad approach to tobacco problem
Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil - November 11, 2014

While it's hard to fault the goal of the proposed ban, the only winners, unfortunately, will be those selling tobacco products in surrounding communities.

Group against proposed smoking ban in Westminster
Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise - November 11, 2014

A group of concerned residents presented a petition with more than 1,000 signatures to the Board of Selectmen on Monday night, saying it is against a ban proposed by the Board of Health on sales of all tobacco products in town.

UMass Boston to ban all tobacco by August
The Mass Media - November 10, 2014

On Oct. 24, the University of Massachusetts Boston issued a statement that the campus will become tobacco-free starting on Aug. 1 of next year. The release by ..

Westminster Tobacco Ban: Massachusetts Town Officials Seek Public Comment On Health Measure Wednesday
International Business Times - November 10, 2014

Westminster, Massachusetts, could become the first town in the country to ban the sale of tobacco products. The town's Board of Health is to hear what is sure to be impassioned public comment on the potential ban Wednesday. The measure is backed by the...

Massachusetts town weighs nation's 1st tobacco ban
AP - Associated Press - November 9, 2014

This sleepy central Massachusetts town of 7,700 has become an improbable battleground in America's tobacco wars. On Wednesday, the Board of Health will hear public comment on a proposed regulation that could make Westminster the first municipality in the

Reactions to a potential no-tobacco town
wwlp.com - November 9, 2014

Statewide, all workplaces, restaurants, and bars have been smoke free since 2004. 22News found out how western Massachusetts residents would react if their ...

Natick considers updating tobacco laws
Boston Globe - November 8, 2014

Natick officials are considering updating the town's bylaws to significantly limit the sale of tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes. "Because ...

Dennis Town Officials Consider Raising Smoking Age
CapeCod.com News - November 8, 2014

France Introduce Smoking Ban In Public Places DENNIS - The Town of Dennis looking at the possibility of moving up the minimum smoking age from 18 to 21.

Opinion Piece Questions Town's Proposal to Ban Tobacco
NACS Online - November 7, 2014

Boston Globe op-ed says Westminster should focus on smoking prevention, not ... the town of Westminster, Massachusetts, to ban all sales of tobacco products.

EDITORIAL: Westminster should focus on smoking prevention, not tobacco ban
Boston Globe - November 6, 2014

Health officials in the small central Massachusetts town propose snuffing out the sale of tobacco products ... Focusing on kids makes sense, but the town would be better served by stepping up tobacco prevention education instead of arbitrarily hurting ...

Anti-Casino Measure Defeated in Massachusetts
KNPR - November 5, 2014

... shown better results this year, growth in Macau has stalled and is not expected to grow much next year due to government crackdowns and a smoking ban.

Westminster should focus on smoking prevention
Boston Globe - November 5, 2014

There are radical proposals, and then there's Westminster's plan to ban ... Their stated goal is a noble one: To curb smoking among young people, who are a ...

PPQ Results: Massachusetts Voters are Ready for Marijuana ...
The Daily Chronic - November 5, 2014

... and to such minors, (iii) retain for minors the civil offense of possessing one ... and workplaces, and restrictions on smoking tobacco and marijuana products?"

Casinos a go; voters say no to gas tax
Las Vegas Blog (blog ) November 5, 2014

Advertisement The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe is looking for federal land-in-trust approval for a proposed casino in Taunton. According to the most recent ...

Brookline teens tackle the buzz around e-cigarettes
Wicked Local Brookline - November 4, 2014

But as regular tobacco use at school has been crippled, electronic cigarettes are becoming the rage. E-cigarettes are battery-powered vaporizers that heat up a ...

Law | Natick, MA Tobacco Ban Coming
The Cigar Authority - November 3, 2014

The changes would limit the sale of tobacco products by prohibiting pharmacies from sell them, raising the age from 18 to 21 and banning sales of flavored ...

Peabody considers vapor shop exemption to proposed e-cigarette regulations
The Salem News - October 31, 2014

PEABODY The citys Board of Health postponed approving revised local regulations Thursday night that would ban e-cigarettes from being used in the workplace or in public in Peabody. The board wanted to take time to tweak the proposed language to create an exemption for vapor shops. The decision came after testimony from several vapor shop owners and e-cigarette customers, who all asked for an exemption. They argued that the main reason people patronize the shops is to get help to quit smoking, and the main benefit the shops offer is demonstrating to customers how to safely operate the electronic devices. I agree with the public ban, but customers come to us to learn more about e-cigarettes ... if they leave without learning how to use it, theyre likely just to toss the device and go back to cigarettes, said Hank Tran, who runs Peabody Vapors on Main Street.

Thomas M. Menino, Boston's longest serving mayor, has died at age 71
Boston Globe - October 30, 2014

Thomas Michael Menino, who insisted a mayor doesn't need a grand vision to lead, then ...

The new Prohibition
Worcester Telegram - October 30, 2014

While most municipalities and many private companies restrict smoking in some ways, ... could become the first community in the nation to enact a total sales ban. ... But banning the sale of a legal product is simply a new form of Prohibition that ...

Marblehead voters to be asked about marijuana regulation
Wicked Local Marblehead - October 30, 2014

... "existing laws regarding driving while under the influence, 'drug-free' schools and workplaces, and restrictions on smoking tobacco and marijuana products.".

Town takes heat from businesses affected by proposed nicotine
Boston Business Journal - October 30, 2014

...locals simply drive across the Westminster border to buy their smoking and chewing tobacco products. "It's not just the loss of tobacco sales," Brian Vincent, the owner of Vincent's Country Store, told …

BRIANT: Banning Tobacco Sales Only Harms Retailers
Convenience Store/Petroleum (CSPNet) - October 29, 2014

Since the average convenience store relies on tobacco sales for up to 40% of in-store sales, a total ban on tobacco product sales will financially cripple small retail businesses in Westminster. The negative impact will likely include employees losing ...

Town in Massachusetts Plans to Ban Tobacco Sales
The Utah People's Post - October 29, 2014

Store owners in Westminster claim that the ban isn't going to do much to cut down on tobacco use, as smokers can always drive to the nearest town and stock up ...

Statewide report shows drop in violent crime; heroin still a problem
Worcester Telegram - October 29, 2014

And while the state has seen overall progress fighting smoking, the use of electronic nicotine delivery systems - or e-cigarettes - has been taking off in ...

LETTER: Limit sale of flavored tobacco to adults only
Wicked Local Cambridge - October 29, 2014

Tobacco companies have ensured that cherry, grape and cotton-candy flavored ... they were 18, reducing youth access to cheap, flavored tobacco products is critical in ... 80 percent of respondents thought that youth would be attracted to e-cigarette flavors. Federal law prohibits the sale of flavored and/or single cigarettes.

The Health Crusade of Westminster, MA: Ban Tobacco Sales
The Nonprofit Quarterly - October 29, 2014

According to the 501(c)(4) lobbying group Americans for Nonsmokers Rights, 975 college campuses in the U.S. are totally cigarette-free and 291 even ban the ...

Local town may be first in nation to prohibit tobacco sales
WFXT-TV FOX25 (Dedham, MA) - October 28, 2014

Board of Health in Westminster, a small town north of Worcester, is studying a proposal to prohibit the sale of any product with tobacco or nicotine. The community would be the first in the state and the nation to ban all tobacco sales.

Peabody eyes indoor ban on electronic cigarettes
The Salem News - October 27, 2014

Under the revised city regulations, which are being pursued in the absence of state controls, the sale and use of e-cigarettes would be subject to all the same ...

Smoking age could be raised
Wicked Local Watertown - October 27, 2014

A proposal by Watertown officials to raise the age of tobacco sales to 21 was met by ... young children 12 and 14 years old are getting cigarettes from people age 18-21," Moultrup said. ... Exceptions would be mint, menthol and wintergreen.

Westminster board eyes ban on butts
Sentinel & Enterprise - October 25, 2014

WESTMINSTER -- A proposed ban on sales of tobacco products in town has local business owners concerned. It will discuss the proposal, which would ban a variety of products, including cigarettes, cigars, e-cigarettes, and chewing tobacco, at a hearing during its Nov....

Holyoke debate between Republican state Sen. Don Humason ...
The Republican - masslive.com - October 24, 2014

... public transportation, Holyoke's Morgan School and whether the state should tax electronic cigarettes the same as regular ones (both said yes on that).

Confusion Surrounds Worcester's Newly Proposed Smoking ...
GoLocal Worcester - October 23, 2014

As the city of Worcester works to strengthen the smoking ordnance in the city to ... The goal of the changes to the ordinance is to create a larger impact to the ...''

I don't think NIMBY means what you think it means
Wicked Local (blog) - October 23, 2014

To recap, proponents of Article 12 want to revise the town's marijuana ... "A marijuana dispensary would be too tempting for public housing residents" thing?

Sex-offender Bridgewater State professor doesn't shy from spotlight
Taunton Daily Gazette - October 22, 2014

BSU, a "tobacco free campus," prohibits smoking on school grounds, according to signs posted on campus. Janson, a Bridgewater resident, was convicted in ...

Westminster, Mass. Could Ban All Tobacco Sales
halfwheel.com - October 22, 2014

Could Ban All Tobacco Sales ... town of Westminster is set to consider a more drastic proposal: banning tobacco and electronic smoking device sales altogether.

Selectmen in favor of raising e-cig purchasing age
Wicked Local Brookline - October 22, 2014

The Board of Selectmen supported a warrant article that would add e-cigarettes to the town's smoking bylaw, making it illegal for anyone under 21 years of age ...

Retailers challenge tobacco changes
Lawrence Eagle-Tribune - October 21, 2014

Representatives of tobacco sellers in town turned out last night to register their opposition to a proposal seeking to raise the legal age for buying cigarettes and other tobacco in Andover from 18 to 21 and to toughen the rules governing their sale.

Worcester City Council to consider smoking penalties, enforcement ...
The Republican - masslive.com - October 20, 2014

WORCESTER - The Worcester City Council Tuesday is scheduled to take up two measures aimed at broadening the city's restrictions on smoking.

40 Under 40: Daniel Koh of the City of Boston
Boston Business Journal - October 17, 2014

... teen, he spoke at an Andover board of public health meeting in favor of banning smoking in restaurants, and helped persuade the board to implement the ban.

Harvard Magazine - October 15, 2014

As of August 15, Harvard Yard has become tobacco-free, joining the medical, public-health, dental, and Kennedy School campuses (with the Law School on ...

Cape Cod Healthcare to ban all tobacco use on Jan. 1
Cape Cod Today - October 15, 2014

Smoking is already banned inside the facilities and that ban will now extend to outside on the grounds of each facility. The ban not only includes cigarettes, but ...

Ashland health board OKs restrictions on tobacco, e-cigs
Wicked Local - October 15, 2014

The board also passed a regulation banning the use of the use of e-cigarettes in any area where smoking is prohibited. Both regulations go into effect Jan. 1.

Small cigars offer too much temptation
SouthCoastToday.com - October 15, 2014

Requiring that little cigars be sold in packs of multiples is an important part of the work toward a tobacco-free generation. Judith Coykendall. Tobacco-Free ...

Shining on Major News: Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ:SPLS), Noble Corp ...
Street Newswire (registration) - October 14, 2014

... fitness center at its global corporate headquarters, in Framingham, Massachusetts, the latest in a series of updates to the campus, including going smoke-free, ...

From Sweets to Suites: Everett's Batch Yard Shines at Grand ...
Everett Independent - October 14, 2014

Developed by Post Road Residential and managed by The Bozzuto Group, the Batch Yard is a 100% smoke-free environment located just three miles from ...

Proposed tobacco rules head to Oct. 20 public hearing
Eagle-Tribune - October 14, 2014

While some communities have opted to restrict tobacco sales to anyone ... the only pharmacy in town, has already ceased the sale of tobacco products as a ...

Fire marshal concerned over e-cigarettes on planes
Aurora Sentinel - October 13, 2014

E-cigarettes generally are lithium-ion battery-powered devices that can heat up ... airplane regulations for e-cigarettes to the U.S. Department of Transportation, ...

Smoke sale, use regulations in effect Feb. 2
Wicked Local North Andover - October 10, 2014

After a year of debate and discussion, the North Andover Board of Health agreed to adopt new regulations for the sale of smoking products and paraphernalia in town. The board voted unanimously to adopt new regulations for "the sale and use of tobacco and nicotine delivery products" at its Sept. 29 meeting. The bylaw also forbids the establishment of hookah lounges and smoking bars within town, although applicants could apply for a waiver from the board. The use of electronic cigarettes, called vaping, is also forbidden in all spaces where smoking is prohibited. ...

Worcester Public Health and Human Services Committee considers ...
The Republican - masslive.com - October 9, 2014

... from advocates and members of the public as it considers establishing regulations for "e-cigs" - a method of ingesting nicotine without consuming tobacco.

Proposed tobacco rules head to public hearing
Andover Townsman - October 9, 2014

While some communities have opted to restrict tobacco sales to anyone ... the only pharmacy in town, has already ceased the sale of tobacco products as a ...

ANALYSIS: Boston Logan fire spurs e-cigarette concerns
Flightglobal - October 8, 2014

The process of smoking an e-cigarette is called "vaping". ... whether to amend an existing smoking ban to specifically prohibit vaping on commercial flights.

LETTER: Preventing nicotine addiction among our youth
Wicked Local Rochester - October 8, 2014

Judith Coykendall, program manager, Tobacco-Free Community Partnership, Seven Hills Behavioral Health, New Bedford. Wicked Local Rochester...

Lawrence, MA To Change Tobacco Laws
The Cigar Authority - October 8, 2014

... also wants to ban tobacco sales at pharmacies as well as requiring all single ... such as limiting the sale of soda or other sugar drinks to children under 18.

City may tighten anti-smoking regulations
Eagle-Tribune - October 7, 2014

Ban the sale of so-called blunt wraps, which are thin sheets of tobacco often used to ... who said the cheap cigars often are a starting point for teenage smokers.

Harvard University awarded HUD funding to evaluate smoke-free ...
Wicked Local - October 6, 2014

The study will assess a comprehensive smoking ban in 52 multi-family properties offering affordable housing in six states and compare an enhanced, low-cost ...

SGA discusses on-campus smoking
Berkeley Beacon (subscription ) - October 2, 2014

No smoking is permitted within 25-feet of the college buildings. ... Vice President Kassandra King said the recent smoking ban in all city parks-including Boston ...

Smoking outside of buildings
Berkeley Beacon (subscription) - October 1, 2014

The Student Government Association discussed the issue of students smoking in designated non-smoking areas on campus at Tuesday's meeting. The topic was prompted by an email Dean of Students Ronald Ludman sent to the Emerson community last week asking smokers to be mindful of Emerson's smoking policy.

Emerson ought to smoke out the competition
Berkeley Beacon (subscription) - October 1, 2014

Still, Emerson refuses to recognize the validity of the state-issued medical marijuana cards, and makes no distinction between smoking for medical purposes ...

Hull, Mass. Raises Tobacco Purchase Age to 21, Bans Smoking in ...
halfwheel.com - October 1, 2014

Tuesday was a bad day for smokers in Hull, Mass., as the towns Board of Selectman voted to make it the 33rd municipality in the state where you must be at least 21-years-old to purchase a tobacco product, then banned smoking in the towns parks, playgrounds and adjacent parking areas. The topic of e-cigarettes was also brought up on Tuesday, with the Patriot Ledger reporting that the board will discuss implementing a minimum age of 18 to ...

Raising legal age in Wayland for tobacco sales
Wicked Local Wayland - October 1, 2014

Wayland will have more stringent regulations on the sale of tobacco and nicotine delivery products, as well as smoking in workplaces and public spaces, starting Jan. 1, following unanimous approval by the Board of Health on Monday night. The new regulation raising the minimum legal sales age to 21 is meant to reduce tobacco consumption among youth, particularly in view of the array of new colorfully packaged nicotine delivery products aimed at this age group.

More public colleges banning tobacco use [VIDEO]
wwlp.com - September 30, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) Public universities and colleges in Georgia are joining a growing list of campuses that prohibit tobacco use. In 2010, less than 450 colleges had smoking bans according to Americans for Nonsmokers Rights. By Wednesday, that number will be nearly 1,500. Close to 20 colleges in Massachusetts ban tobacco. A student at one of those schools says many smokers still get away with it...

The vaping rule book in Pembroke
Wicked Local Pembroke - September 27, 2014

The Pembroke Board of Health recently chose four regulations on e-cigarettes and other nicotine delivery products out of a long list of options presented from the state association of health boards tobacco control program.

Hull health board to consider stricter tobacco rules
The Patriot Ledger - September 27, 2014

HULL The board of health will meet Tuesday to discuss further restrictions on smoking. ...

Law | Ashland, MA Looking to Ban Flavored Tobacco
The Cigar Authority - September 26, 2014

The state of Massachusetts is quickly becoming the front line for tobacco regulation and now the town of Ashland is looking to ban the sale of flavored tobacco.

Proposed new tobacco regulations in Wayland
Wicked Local Wayland - September 26, 2014

The Wayland Board of Health will hold a public hearing for changes to local tobacco regulations on Monday, Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. in the Wayland Town Building, located at 41 Cochituate Road. Changes include rescinding the existing local tobacco control regulations and adoption of two stronger updated regulations a Tobacco Sales Regulation that includes Nicotine Delivery Products, and an updated Secondhand Smoke Regulation (Prohibiting Smoking in Workplaces and in Public Places).

Ashland, MA Looking to Ban Flavored Tobacco
The Cigar Authority - September 25, 2014

... and now the town of Ashland is looking to ban the sale of flavored tobacco. ... to sell tobacco and earlier this year they increased the smoking age to 21.

Ashland Board of Health tackles e-cigarettes, flavored tobacco
MetroWest Daily News - September 25, 2014

ASHLAND - The Board of Health is moving toward banning the sale of flavored tobacco and imposing restrictions on electronic cigarettes in Ashland. If passed ...

Policies for upcoming Homecoming game outlined by UMass Athletics
The Massachusetts Daily Collegian - September 25, 2014

The site also reminded fans that UMass is a tobacco free campus. Guests are invited to participate in the activities on MinuteFan Way, which will include live ...

Column: Put medical marijuana in my backyard
Wicked Local Brookline - September 25, 2014

The connection between daycare centers and medical marijuana abuse is illogical at best. ... I'm proud that we are the town that first outlawed smoking in public ...

Month in, Yard Official Says Smoking Ban Implementation Smooth
Harvard Crimson - September 24, 2014

Over a month after Harvard banned the use of all forms of tobacco in the Yard, Harvard staff and students said that the implementation of the ban has been ...

Waltham Voices: To smoke or not to smoke (Part 1)
Wicked Local Waltham - September 24, 2014

While I'm not aware if this non-smoking policy exists now or is intended to exist in other rental properties in Waltham, the entire matter is active in many ...

Baseball, Youth, and Smokeless Tobacco
Business West (blog) - September 23, 2014

... in shaping behavior than any advertising campaign by the tobacco industry. Although cigarette smoking in the U.S. continues to decline, a report from the U.S. ... it delivers more nicotine than cigarettes and stays in the bloodstream longer.

Kostrzewa: Mohegan Sun still looking for new casino
The Providence Journal - September 23, 2014

But the tribe knows that gambling revenue at its casino in Uncasville, ... take a lot of burger sales to make up for declining gambling revenue at Mohegan Sun.

Middletown Area School Board votes tonight on e-cigarette, vaping ...
The Patriot-News - PennLive.com - September 22, 2014

Board members also are considering related changes to the the district's smoking and tobacco use policy for the general community. Last month, the board ...

Hingham health board sets vote on e-cigarette restrictions
The Patriot Ledger - September 19, 2014

HINGHAM The town's board of health will consider banning the sale of electronic cigarettes to anyone under the age of 18 at its Oct. 28 meeting. Dropped from the proposed regulation was a provision that would set 21 as the minimum age for purchasing tobacco and e-cigarettes.

Belmont raises age for purchasing tobacco to 21
Wicked Local Belmont - September 18, 2014

They also ban free samples, the sale of blunt wraps, tobacco vending machines, ... said that CVS Pharmacies had already banned the sale of cigarettes in their ...

Hampshire council warning parents about e-cigarettes
wwlp.com - September 17, 2014

The Tobacco Free Community Partnership says these products are not regulated by the FDA and there's no way to how much nicotine or other chemicals they ...

Tobacco regulations updated
Wicked Local Beverly - September 17, 2014

Beverly stores that sell e-cigarettes, e-cigars and vape pens are required by law to begin asking for the identification of anyone who requests to purchase those ...

Worcester health official says new tobacco regs will block loopholes
Worcester Telegram & Gazette - September 16, 2014

...Brindisi, director of the city Division of Public Health, said proposed amendments to the city's tobacco control ordinance will allow the city to keep pace with "other" tobacco products that slip through regulatory loopholes. The proposed amendments...

New Smoking Regulations Go Into Effect in Pittsfield, Mass.
halfwheel.com - September 16, 2014

A set of new smoking and tobacco regulations in Pittsfield, Mass. went into effect ... The new rules replace and add on to existing regulations that ban smoking in ...

Worcester, Mass. Could Grow Smoking Ordinance
halfwheel.com - September 16, 2014

Legislation, Smoking Bans 0 ... In addition, smoking cessation signage would be required in retail stores, as well as a ban on flavored tobacco products except in retail stores and smoking or hookah bars. ... cigarettes, as they would be banned in smoke-free workplaces and wherever smoking is otherwise prohibited.

Fair board mulls smoking restrictions
The Recorder - September 15, 2014

Should it have designated "non-smoking" outdoor areas? Or should it do away with smoking on the fairgrounds altogether? The Franklin County Agricultural ...

Worcester seeks to toughen tobacco ordinance
Worcester Telegram - September 15, 2014

The city administration is recommending a series of amendments to the city's tobacco control ordinance, intended to make it harder for tobacco companies to market their products to local children and lessen the impact of second-hand smoke in city-owned facilities. Prohibit the use of e-cigarettes or e-cigars wherever smoking is prohibited. Ban redemption of coupons that permit free tobacco products. Ban flavored tobacco products, except in retail stores and smoking/hookah bars. ...

New regulations restrict sale of e-cigarettes in Pembroke
Wicked Local Pembroke - September 15, 2014

The Pembroke Board of Health on Aug. 25 voted to adopt new regulations that restrict the sale of all nicotine delivery products, including electronic cigarettes, to people 18 and older. The regulations go into effect on Sept. 30.

Resident looks to add e-cigs to town tobacco regs
Wicked Local Wrentham - September 13, 2014

In it, he seeks to add electronic cigarettes and smokeless tobacco to the definition of smoking tobacco, which was recently amended by a warrant article that ...

Smoking Ban Kills Buzz for Hemp Fest Attendees
Boston.com - September 13, 2014

In December, Boston's Parks and Recreation Commission voted unanimously to ban smoking in all of the city's parks, including Boston Common. Though city ...

REYNOLDS: A Breath of Fresh Air
Daily Free Press (subscription) - September 12, 2014

I am minding my own business walking down Commonwealth Avenue, breathing in some fresh air, when I start choking on a mouthful of cigarette smoke. Or maybe Im not walking; maybe Im just trying to get my daily dose of vitamin D by studying outside when my nostrils and lungs are violated by the horrible smell of smoke. Either way, Boston University has a smoking problem. Crowds of smokers hang outside the George Sherman Union, Warren Towers and many other buildings to light up. Sometimes students dont even wait until they are outside. I once saw a kid start lighting his cigarette before he was out the door of 100 Bay State Road. Im surprised BU hasnt done more to restrict smokers on campus. Sure, they arent allowed to smoke inside residences or buildings, but it seems that outside, they can smoke wherever their hearts desire (although they arent doing their hearts any favors)

Pittsfield Parks Go Smoke Free On Monday
iBerkshires.com - September 11, 2014

More than 1,000 acres of open space will now be smoke free as part of the Board and Health and the Parks Commission's new regulations. "Most importantly it will reduce secondhand smoke and it will reduce trash," said Health Director Gina Armstrong.

Allow Smoking in the Yard
Harvard Crimson - September 10, 2014

exclusion of e-cigarettes tobacco, which does not seem to present the same secondhand smoke risks or problem of discarded butts as traditional cigarettes, indicates that the policy is born out of moral judgment rather than an objective, health-based

Law | Williamstown, MA Toughens Tobacco Regulations
The Cigar Authority - September 10, 2014

On that date smoking will be prohibited in bars, and restaurants both inside and outside. Pharmacies are banned from selling any tobacco product, and the ban ...

Williamstown Toughens Tobacco Regulations
iBerkshires.com - September 10, 2014

Starting then, smoking will be prohibited at bars and restaurants in any exterior space where ... The town already had a ban on interior spaces. ... And single cigar sales will be banned, except for "premium" cigars with a price of $2.50 or more. ... "If you look at little cigar bans and flavor bans together, it will have a significant ...

Research supports case for smoke-free buildings
Reuters - September 8, 2014

Apartment dwellers who don't smoke still can't escape secondhand smoke completely, but in smoke-free buildings, exposure to the tiny particles in cigarette smoke may be cut by half or more, according to a new study. Researchers in Boston monitored ...

Talk to kids about dangers of nicotine
The Daily News of Newburyport - September 8, 2014

Talk with kids about nicotine and products like vape pens, e-hookah and e-cigarettes and ask them what they see. Many municipal boards of health have taken ...

Smoking Bans Impact More and More Massachusetts Universities
Boston Globe - September 6, 2014

Its a real drag for college students with a cigarette habit these days. With this decision, Harvard University joins the ranks of more than a dozen other universities in the Commonwealth that have banned smoking. According to a July 3rd release from the American Nonsmokers Rights Foundation, 20 Massachusetts universities, from the Berkshires to the Cape, have banned tobacco products on campus.

Smoke-free building policies cut indoor exposure, study finds
Fox News - September 5, 2014

Researchers in Boston monitored indoor air at public housing projects transitioning to a smoke-free policy and tracked tobacco smoke as it traveled to adjacent apartments and down common hallways. If people ever make an attempt at smoke-free housing, this is sort of the perfect environment to do so, Dr. Elizabeth Russo, lead author of the study, told Reuters Health in a phone interview. Theres just higher asthma rates and (rates of) other health conditions in public housing than non-public housing

Harvard Yard Goes Tobacco-Free
Harvard Crimson - September 5, 2014

More than six years after student activists created a group to research the issue of smoking on campus, the College has banned the use of all forms of tobaccoincluding cigarettes, cigars, e-cigarettes, and smokeless tobacco productsin Harvard Yard, Director of Harvard University Health Services Paul J. Barreira and Dean of Student Life Stephen Lassonde announced over the summer. Prior to this policy change, which took effect on August 15, individuals were permitted to smoke in parts of Harvard Yard, but smoking was banned within 25-50 feet of any University building

City considers tougher pot laws
Eagle-Tribune - September 3, 2014

HAVERHILL — City Council will hold a public meeting with the police chief before acting on proposals to toughen the penalty for smoking marijuana in public ...

Berkshire Community College president Ellen Kennedy lauded by ...
Berkshire Eagle - September 1, 2014

... on campus; establishing a smoke-free campus; and her support for the BCC Foundation, the planned Berkshire Innovation Center, a student Veterans Center, ...

E-cigarettes and vape pens - sweet, cheap and hazardous
Leominster (MA) Champion - August 29, 2014

As school begins again in Worcester County, I want to remind parents in our area that the tobacco industry continues to produce new and varied nicotine delivery products, like e-cigarettes and vape pens that are sweet, cheap and easy for young people to

New Board of Health regulations limit public e-cigarette use
Leominster Champion - August 29, 2014

All local hotels, will now be required to be smoke free, including e-cigarettes. The regulations create a no-smoking buffer zone around hospital entrance

Tribe proposes Martha's Vineyard gambling
Waterbury Republican American - August 28, 2014

At the same time, opponents acknowledge the tribe needs a sustainable cash ... the Warren Group, which tracks real estate sales data throughout New England.

Medway Board of Health passes tobacco, concussion regs
Milford (MA) Daily News - August 27, 2014

A series of tobacco regulations that include restricting the sale of tobacco products to anyone under 21 years old will take effect next month. At Monday's meeting, the Board of Health passed regulations that further restrict the sales of tobacco and

Letter: Teens and the 'new' nicotine
Wicked Local Melrose - August 30, 2014

Although Dearborn residents may not have felt the effects, a six-month ban is in place that prevents any new hookah lounges from opening in the city. The major issue, he said, is that restaurants are selling hookah as a secondary business to their restaurants without state approval, he said. The number of businesses doing that in Dearborn is unclear, but city officials are learning that its higher than previously thought, according to Councilman David Bazzy.

Smokers challenge change in rules in Northbridge senior housing complex
Worcester Telegram - August 29, 2014

NORTHBRIDGE A Whitinsville couple appeared in Worcester Housing Court Thursday to fight an eviction from the Linwood Mill senior affordable housing complex, claiming the property managers changed the rules to prohibit smoking after the longtime smokers moved in more than a year ago. Elizabeth G. McCaffrey, 81, and her husband, Richard J. McCaffrey, 78, stated in their affidavits that they sold their home in Warwick, Rhode Island, to move into Linwood Mill in December 2012. They relied on an advertisement that said smokers were welcome as part of their decision to move there.

To the Editor: E-cigarettes and other tobacco products are on the rise with teens
Wareham Week - August 23, 2014

In Massachusetts, high school students who have used e-cigarettes doubled from ... and products like vape pens, e-hookah and e-cigarettes and ask them what ...

Massachusetts top state for cancer prevention policies in American ...
The Republican - masslive.com - August 22, 2014

... restrictions for minors; physical education time requirements; smoke-free laws; tobacco prevention program funding; tobacco tax rates and increases overtime; ...

Pittsfield Parks Commission Questions Lack of Capital Funds
iBerkshires.com - August 22, 2014

... of the Board of Health's recent ban on tobacco smoking in public parks. ... also endorse the tobacco use ban within the city parks and playgrounds," Parks, ...

Attorney general race splits Democrats' hearts, minds
Boston Globe - August 21, 2014

He also sponsored a law that limited campaign donations and banned gifts ... for Bulger for Senate president and helped ban smoking in the State House "over .

Pittsfield Tobacco Regulations Go Into Effect Sept. 15
iBerkshires.com - August 21, 2014

PITTSFIELD, Mass. The amendments to regulations pertaining to Environmental Tobacco Smoke and the Sale of Tobacco and Nicotine Delivery Products that the Pittsfield Board of Health enacted in July go into effect on Sept. 15. ...

Parents, kids cautioned on dangers of e-cigarettes
Sippican Week - August 21, 2014

In Massachusetts, high school students who have ever used e-cigarettes doubled from 5 percent in 2011 to 10.7 percent in 2013. This is important because ...

Pittsfield Tobacco Regulations Go Into Effect Sept. 15
iBerkshires.com - August 21, 2014

In summary, the new Environmental Tobacco Smoke regulations expand no-smoking areas to include city owned and operated parks, playgrounds and ...

Red Sox Beat: No more big league chew
Boston Herald - August 21, 2014

Banning chewing tobacco came up in the most recent collective bargaining talks. Unless ... Baseball survived when smoking was banned from the clubhouse.

Regulating smokeless tobacco is 'tricky,' Gardner health agent says
Worcester (MA) Telegram & Gazette - August 20, 2014

On Monday, the Gardner Board of Health voted new cigar regulations designed to ensure cheap cigars are not sold individually, but Health Agent Bernard Sullivan said the board may be limited in how it addresses the health problems caused by snuff, chewing...

No 'butts' about it: Vapor stores pop up despite e-cig concerns
The Salem News - August 20, 2014

That is, until he tried e-cigarettes. He bought one at a corner variety store and wasn't too thrilled with it, but then he visited a shop in Saugus and liked their ...

'Freedom Rally' Attendees Face New Smoking Ban Fines at This ...
Boston magazine's Boston Daily (blog) - July 30, 2014

Organizers of the Freedom Rally, a marijuana-centric gathering on the Boston Common, are gearing up to celebrate their 25th consecutive year of bringing ...

Smoke signals: Condo neighbors try to resolve second-hand smoke issue
Wicked Local Wareham - July 27, 2014

The right to smoke versus the right to clean air was up for debate during the July 16 Board of Health meeting. Wareham Health Agent Bob Ethier said he received complaints from Donna Shannon, who lives in the Bayside Condominiums in Onset, because she was having a problem with smoke wafting into her condo unit from the adjacent unit where her neighbor, Geoffrey Kirpa, lives.

Should e-cigarettes be better regulated?
wwlp.com - July 24, 2014

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – E-cigarettes are becoming increasingly popular, and now state and local lawmakers are looking at how they should be regulated.

Pittsfield bans tobacco use at parks, playgrounds
Berkshire Eagle - July 24, 2014

Tyson Edwards, who began a petition in May in support of banning smoking in city ... of the ban on smoking in parks, along with a number of emailed comments, ...

Pittsfield Passes Revamped Smoking Laws
iBerkshires.com - July 23, 2014

The Board of Health adopted new regulations aimed to reduce smoking prevalence in youth. ... of tobacco retail permits in half, banning any new vendor from opening within ... Additionally, the board adopted a ban on smoking in city-owned parks. ... Wilusz said when the state banned smoking in restaurants and bars many ...

National Seashore bans drone use on beaches
Capecodonline - July 24, 2014

Other new prohibitions at the Seashore this year include a ban on smoking on protected swimming beaches when lifeguards are on duty, and a ban on .

Medway board passes tobacco regs, raises purchase age to 21
Milford Daily News - July 15, 2014

As well as banning smoking in hotels and motels, other approved regulations ... The new regulations would also ban the use of e-cigarettes and any "tobacco ...

Williamstown Health Board Revising Tobacco Regs
iBerkshires.com - July 14, 2014

Other changes under consideration include a ban on smoking anywhere food ... The federal Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act of 2009 banned ... "A lot of towns are banning smoking at outdoor tables, too ... partly to protect ...

Medway: Public hearing on tobacco tonight
Milford Daily News - July 14, 2014

MEDWAY - A public hearing today will help decide the future of tobacco products in Medway: what can be sold and who can buy them. The Board of Healths public hearing will center on whether the town should raise the legal age required to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21 - a question voters approved at the ballot box in May by a vote of 479 to 252.

Foxboro issues ordinance on tobacco sales to minors
Providence Eyewitness News - July 11, 2014

FOXBORO, Mass. (WPRI) — Foxboro's Board of Health issued a new ordinance this week aimed at keeping tobacco products out of the hands of minors.

State should regulate e-cigarettes while awaiting tougher action from FDA
Boston Globe - July 7, 2014

With R.J. Reynolds going nationwide with its Vuse e-cigarette, and Altria planning to put its own MarkTen on shelves later this year, Big Tobacco is now fully engaged in the electronic cigarette business. Thats proof that the Food and Drug Administration waited too long to produce regulations on a fast-growing industry that FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg herself describes as the wild, wild West.

County Towns Revamping Tobacco Regulations
iBerkshires.com - July 6, 2014

LEE, Mass. Dalton, Pittsfield, and Lenox are all currently considering revamping their tobacco regulations as they try to keep ahead of the changing market. Meanwhile, places like Dalton are adopting language to regulate electronic cigarettes. Wilusz said later he will return to that Board of Health to propose a pharmacy ban.

Setti Warren & Greg Schwartz: Tobacco ordinance a key step
Wicked Local Newton - July 3, 2014

While rates of smoking among Newton teens have consistently been declining, ... Therefore, under the new ordinances, the sale of flavored e-cigarettes will be ...

Westport Housing Authority goes smoke-free
SouthCoastToday.com - July 3, 2014

WESTPORT The Westport Housing Authority recently introduced a new policy to its residents, making its property at 666 State Road smoke-free as of June 15.

Millhouses of Adams joins trend of smoke-free apartment complexes
Berkshire Eagle - July 1, 2014

ADAMS -- The 98-unit Millhouses of Adams apartment complex on Commercial Street has joined a growing movement in Berkshire County by going "smoke-free ...

Braintree tobacco purchase age increasing to 18
Wicked Local Braintree - June 25, 2014

Effective Oct. 1, the minimum age to purchase tobacco in town will rise from 18 to 21, placing Braintree in the same category as other communities in Massachusetts like Needham and Canton. However, in addition to tobacco sales, these penalties are going to apply for the first time to the selling of electronic cigarettes and other nicotine-delivery ...

Public hearing attracts 'big tobbaco,' small business
Wicked Local Concord - June 25, 2014

Retailers and lobbyists voiced opposition and alternatives to proposed Board of Health regulation that would raise the minimum legal sales age to 21 for tobacco products.

Student Voices: E-cigarettes should have tighter regulation
Boston Herald -June June 23, 2014

Fifth-grade students responded to our Student Voices writing prompt: Do you think there should be tougher regulations on e-cigarettes? We think they should ...

Letter: No need to write tobacco blue laws
Berkshire Eagle - June 23, 2014

It seems as if everyone is jumping on the bandwagon restricting tobacco usage. ... No smoking on city property, none in parks, city events and more. ... 19 found that 62 percent wanted no new restrictions on tobacco, which is a legal product.

Regulations eyed for ecigs, smoke sales
Wicked Local North Andover - June 22, 2014

NORTH ANDOVER - The towns Board of Health is looking at a number of regulations to nip youth smoking in the "butt" before it starts.

Secondhand smoke and your condominium: How to navigate the changing legal landscape
New England Real Estate Journal Online - June 20, 2014

It's a hot-button topic producing scientific studies, legal changes, and a whole lot of frustration on the part of condominium owners. It's secondhand smoke. And since January 1, 2013, in Mass., the issue isn't limited to cigarettes, but includes medical marijuana as well. The furor over secondhand smoke has led to lawsuits, both against smoking unit owners and condominium associations. This Client Update canvases the legal landscape relating to secondhand smoke in condominiums and suggests ways that associations can address unit owner concerns, respect the rights of smokers and patients using marijuana, and, ultimately, avoid legal liability.

E-cigarettes banned at Braintree High School
Wicked Local Braintree - June 18, 2014

At the urging of the school's headmaster, the school committee has swiftly added the cigarette-style nicotine vaporizers to the list of drug, alcohol and tobacco products that students can't bring into the building.

Letter: No smoking in city parks, playgrounds
Berkshire Eagle - June 14, 2014

I recently filed a petition to ban smoking in all city parks and playgrounds. After constantly witnessing adults sitting around in parks that are supposed to be a safe environment for children smoking cigarettes and other tobacco products, I finally had enough. Playgrounds are supposed to be a safe, fun, and healthy place for all children, but they are being robbed of their safety because of the secondhand smoke that they are being exposed to. One of my main jobs as a parent is to protect my son against the things that he cannot defend himself against while he is growing up. This is why my petition is of the utmost importance.

Cape Cod Beaches Have Banned Smoking. Should Other Beaches ...
Politix - June 13, 2014

Beaches on Cape Cod National Seashore, a popular summer destination, will no longer allow smoking in life guard-protected areas, Reuters reports. "The smoking prohibition is the result of a number of complaints from visitors who have been affected by second-hand smoke ... The ban takes effect on June 19.

Daily Talker: Should Smoking Be Banned At The Beach?
CBS Local - June 12, 2014

Starting next week, smoking will be banned at six beaches at Cape Cod National Seashore.
Coast Guard Beach and Nauset Light Beach in Eastham, Marconi Beach in Wellfleet, Race Point Beach and Herring Cove Beach in Provincetown, and Head of the Meadow Beach in Truro will all prohibit smoking in guarded areas. Visitors will be allowed to smoke at non-guarded areas. Seashore Superintendent George Price says the change comes after complaints from visitors about secondhand smoke…

National Seashore bans smoking on 6 Cape Cod beaches
SouthCoastToday.com - June 12, 2014

The non-smoking areas will be well-marked, Price said. If a visitor feels the need to smoke, there are non-guarded areas where smoking will be allowed. …

New tobacco regulations take effect in Weymouth
Wicked Local Weymouth - June 12, 2014

Pharmacies and health institutions won't be allowed to sell tobacco products effective Jan. 1, 2015 under new regulations approved by the board of health June 4. E-cigarettes have not been approved by the FDA (Federal Drug Administration) or tested, he said. More information in this report will be available in the June…

Easthampton Health Department encourages landlords to make residential properties smoke-free
GazetteNET - June 11, 2014

The Easthampton Health Department, with support from a new tobacco prevention initiative, aims to encourage landlords in the city to make their residential properties smoke-free. Mandel said similar seminars in Northampton have effectively communicated to landlords data to support going smoke-free. A 2009 survey by the Massachusetts Smoke-Free Housing Project found 99 percent of landlords who instituted a smoke-free rule felt it was a good decision and 90 percent said it was easy to implement…

A History of Smoking Bans in Massachusetts
Boston.com - June 11, 2014

A smoking ban on Cape Cod beaches will soon go into effect. This isnt the first time efforts have been made to ban smoking in Massachusetts. Here is a list of notable efforts to curb smoking in the Bay State: …

Smoking banned on Dennis beaches
Wicked Local Dennis - June 11, 2014

On the heels of a ban on smoking announced earlier this week at six Cape Cod National Seashore beaches, Dennis selectmen Tuesday night unanimously agreed to ban smoking on all town beaches and in beach parking lots…

Smoking banned at Cape Cod National Seashore
Providence Eyewitness News - June 11, 2014

EASTHAM, Mass. (AP) Smoking has been banned at the some of the most popular beaches at the Cape Cod National Seashore.

City raises smoking age
Wicked Local Malden - June 11, 2014

At the Malden Board of Health meeting on June 9, the Board voted to amend the Malden Board of Health, Rules & Regulations, Section 21, Restricting the Sale ...

Keep Leominster's parks smoke-free
Sentinel and Enterprise - June 11, 2014

A proposal by Leominster City Councilors Claire Freda and Mark Bodanza to ban the use of medical marijuana in city parks makes a lot of sense. After all, cigarette smoking isn't allowed on public property in the city.

Pelham takes back town-rec smoking ban
Valley Dispatch - June 10, 2014

PELHAM -- In Town Manager Brian McCarthy's first official selectmen's meeting, the board welcomed the retired Pelham police lieutenant to his seat before rescinding their recent decision to ban smoking at all town recreational facilities, and authorizing the Fire Department's request to purchase a new dual-purpose truck for more than a half-million dollars, among other agenda items taken up Tuesday night at Town Hall.

Questions for the Candidates: E-cigarette regulation
Boston Globe - June 9, 2014

Regulations should include a ban on marketing to children, age restrictions, ... remove some of the harmful additives that come along with smoking, we still should ... If the State were to be involved in this, then what's next, banning Santa Claus ...

Hats off to the Brookline High Class of '14
Wicked Local Brookline - June 9, 2014

... with a list of the accomplishments of the class of 2014, which included working with Brookline legislators to ban smoking within 400 feet of the high school.

Leominster councilors eye ban on medical marijuana in public areas
Sentinel and Enterprise - June 7, 2014

LEOMINSTER -- If cigarette smoking isn't allowed in city parks, then smoking ... the council proposing an ordinance banning medical-marijuana usage on public ...

Board OKs policy revisions
Wicked Local Wilmington - June 6, 2014

One addition to the handbooks involved the banning of electronic smoking devices. Possession of electronic smoking devices, like any other smoking-related ...

Cambridge council cracks down on tobacco, looks to raise purchase ...
Wicked Local Plympton - June 4, 2014

The amendment also clarifies the hotly debated question of how to market electronic cigarettes. Cambridge retailers will have to sell e-cigarettes at the same age ...

New Smoking Regulations in Place for Northampton
abc40 - June 2, 2014

Some of these regulations include: banning e-cigarettes in places where regular cigarettes are also banned, requiring store clerks to verify the ages of every ...

Hingham considers e-cigarette restrictions
Wicked Local Hingham - May 30, 2014

... sales to minors and prohibiting e-cigarette use wherever smoking is banned is ... Drug Administration has also proposed regulations banning sales to anyone ...

Town Meeting Roundup, Day 2
Wicked Local Brookline - May 30, 2014

Town Meeting voted in favor of a revised diversity bylaw, supported banning smoking at Brookline High School, and established the town's second ...

Medway board to act on tobacco referendum
Wicked Local Medway - May 29, 2014

As well as banning smoking in hotels and motels, other proposed ... Bacon said the ban on hookah bars represents not only a concern about smoke, but also ...

Pittsfield Asked To Restrict Smoking In Parks
iBerkshires.com - May 28, 2014

Tyson Edwards filed the petition to completely ban people from smoking in city parks. ... Edwards' told the council that similar bans have been effective in much ... Smokers are taxpayers, too, he said, so banning them from smoking on ... North Adams banned smoking in its parks and other public places nearly two years ago.

ACLU asks Northampton to reconsider some parts of new tobacco ...
GazetteNET - May 28, 2014

While the smoking ban throughout Look Park begins this Sunday, the new ... Prohibiting the use of e-cigarettes wherever outdoor smoking is banned. Newman ...

Grand Traverse County Considers E-Cigs Ban in Parks [VIDEO]
Boston.com - May 28, 2014

Grand Traverse County, Michigan Parks & Recreation Department is considering banning e-cigarette use in county parks

Editorial: When is one more too many?
Wicked Local Lexington - May 25, 2014

Neither is the issue of raising the age of tobacco sales in Lexington, and selectmen did move to discuss that issue at a future meeting, removing it from the ...

Health Board eyes ban on e-cigarettes to minors
Eagle-Tribune - May 23, 2014

“The goal is to make it (smoking) cost more,” she said. She also urged that ... He suggested a ban on free samples of tobacco products. Beauregard showed ...

West Springfield Housing Authority to implement smoke-free policy
MassLive.com - May 22, 2014

WEST SPRINGFIELD - The Housing Authority will be initiating a new phased-in smoke-free policy for all its properties starting on July 1, which will ban smoking ..

Tighter regulations on e-cigarettes sought
Nantucket Island Inquirer - May 22, 2014

(May 22, 2014) Theoretically, a 13-year-old could walk into a Nantucket store and legally purchase an electronic cigarette, also known as an e-cigarette.

Cheers to UMass for smoking ban
SouthCoastToday.com - May 20, 2014

I am writing this letter to congratulate the committee of faculty, staff, and students at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth who recommended that their campus ...

LETTER: Youth-led anti-tobacco movement launched
Wicked Local Cambridge - May 11, 2014

Recently, Tobacco-Free Community Partnerships around Massachusetts launched a media campaign to educate residents about the tobacco industry's use of ...

LHA units will go smoke-free
The Sun - May 11, 2014

The Lowell Housing Authority's 1,896 units will now be smoke-free, after the adoption of an anti-smoking policy on May 1. Intended to protect tenants from second-hand smoke, the smoke-free policy lines up with a push from state officials to ban smoking in all state-funded public housing.

Pittsfield Health Board aims to cut tobacco sales licenses by half
Berkshire Eagle - May 8, 2014

... be finalized at the board's next meeting -- also includes bans on tobacco use in city ... The board in recent years reduced the number from 60 to 49 by banning sales ... reducing rates in adults and preventing exposure to secondhand smoke. ... The board agreed to include a ban on tobacco use in city-owned parks, but still ...

Our View: Rules were made to be followed
SouthCoastToday.com - May 8, 2014

Presiding Justice Bernadette L. Sabra's decision to ban defendants' and audience ... for each other's rights with New Bedford's ban of smoking in public parks.).

Marshfield Town Meeting voters ban public marijuana consumption
Wicked Local Marshfield - May 7, 2014

Voters also approved a zoning bylaw that would restrict a potential medical ... the drug in public in non-smoking forms, such as edible brownies or chocolates.

Editorial: Hey, who needs science!
Boston Herald - May 6, 2014

Boston has already taken the dramatic step of banning the use of electronic cigarettes in public places, including outdoor parks. But as usual the bureaucratic reach of city health officials exceeds their grasp. So they are calling on the federal government to enact even stricter national limits on the advertising, sale and use of e-cigarettes. The heart of the matter for us is e-cigarette manufacturers are making claims about the advantages of e-cigarettes that havent really been established, Boston Public Health Commissioner Barbara Ferrer told the Herald last week in advance of her trip to Washington, D.C., where she urged stricter regulation of e-cigarettes by the Food and Drug Administration. That is rather an astonishing statement on Ferrers part. Because if verifying claims about the true health impact of e-cigarettes is the standard, the city has fallen embarrassingly short of its own demands.

UMass Dartmouth committee recommends smoke-free campus by ...
SouthCoastToday.com - May 6, 2014

DARTMOUTH UMass Dartmouth could become a smoke-free, tobacco-free campus as of June 1, 2015. That would mean no smokes or e-cigarettes on the 710-acre property.

It's official: UMass Lowell going smoke-free
The Sun - May 6, 2014

LOWELL -- UMass Lowell will be a smoke- and tobacco-free campus this fall as ... The university's current policy restricts smoking from within 25 feet of campus ...

Rep. Josh Cutler to host panel discussion of e-cigarettes
Wicked Local Duxbury - May 5, 2014

DUXBURY The issue of e-cigarettes will be the focus on an expert panel at 7 p.m. Monday, May 12, at the Duxbury Senior Center, located at 10 Mayflower St. The free forum will be hosted by Rep. Josh Cutler. Experts from the Mass. Department of Public Health and the Mass. Municipal Association Tobacco Control program will be on hand to share information for parents and local officials on this emerging public health issue. They will also provide an overview of proposed FDA regulations and share data from a recent survey on e-cigarette use.

Fashion Kills:
Wicked Local Plymouth (blog) - May 1, 2014

For instance there is a movement to regulate advertising to kids regarding E-cigarettes. This may be true, but this product is being made in bubblegum flavor, ...

Boston health commissioner urges FDA to take tougher stance on e ...
Boston Globe - May 1, 2014

Boston and 51 other municipalities in the state have enacted bans on the use of e-cigarettes in any locations that are smoke-free, including bars, public parks, ...

E-cig sellers look to a future of regulations
The Salem News - April 30, 2014

The website for North Shore Vapors in Salem says it all: Stop smoking and start vaping today, because vapor tastes better than smoke, and vapor won't kill you.

Cambridge Bans Smoking in Public Housing
WGBH NEWS - April 29, 2014

As health concerns have marginalized smoking as a public practice, many in public housing units no longer offer the option of smoking or nonsmoking ...

Smoking ban secondhand news in some housing units
Lowell Sun - April 29, 2014

A new push by the state to make public housing complexes smoke-free is old news to some housing authorities in the Lowell area. Gov. Deval Patrick's administration earlier this month released guidelines encouraging all of the state's local housing authorities to implement no-smoking policies in units that receive state funding.

Local health officials: Grassroots regulation of e-cigarettes needed
Berkshire Eagle - April 28, 2014

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration wants to extend its authority over the sale of tobacco products to include e-cigarettes and nicotine delivery devices such ...

MARSHFIELD TOWN MEETING: Voting begins tonight
Wicked Local Marshfield - April 28, 2014

Article 10 would ban smoking marijuana in public for all citizens. Qualified medical patients would be able to consume the drug in other forms in public. Article 11 ...

New Bedford's outdoor smoking ban raises questions about enforcement
New Bedford (MA) Standard-Times- April 27, 2014

NEW BEDFORD The city's ban on smoking in public parks includes no enforcement mechanism but the effort is helping raise awareness across SouthCoast that second-hand smoke is dangerous in open spaces.

Clarence Fanto: Slow and unsteady loses the race
Berkshire Eagle - April 26, 2014

As the president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids told The Washington Post: "In the absence of any meaningful regulation, the e-cigarette manufacturers ...

Up In Smoke: MA Officials Pushing To Make Public Housing Smoke ...
WGBH NEWS - April 24, 2014

And now, some people are being told they can't smoke in their own homes. ... across the country, including Boston, have banned indoor smoking, and Massachusetts officials are pushing to institute a similar ban in public housing statewide.

Melrose raises purchasing age to 21 for tobacco, nicotine products
wickedlocal.com – April 24, 2014

Residents under 21 will now need to travel outside Melrose to purchase tobacco or nicotine delivery products. The Board of Health voted unanimously on April 17 to change the city's regulations to.

Minimum age to buy tobacco in Braintree could increase
Wicked Local Braintree - April 23, 2014

What is under consideration would apply to electronic cigarettes and other “nicotine-delivery” products for the first time and involve tobacco sales in the town's ...

Pembroke town meeting to take up pot bylaw
Wicked Local Marshfield - April 16, 2014

The proposed bylaw would also prohibit smoking or ingesting marijuana in public or ... At public housing, using pot would be banned in common areas, lawns, ... Police Chief Richard Wall said the bylaw mirrors the existing ban on ... Marshfield Police Chief Phil Tavares has proposed a similar bylaw banning smoking pot in ...

Snuffing out smoking in public housing in Massachusetts
Attleboro Sun Chronicle - April 23, 2014

Massachusetts is on the way to stubbing out smoking in public housing apartments. A bill pending in the House would require local housing authorities to designate at least one housing development as smoke-free.

Letter: Don't scapegoat e-cigarettes
Berkshire Eagle - April 22, 2014

I applaud CVS' decision to ban tobacco products from their inventory and think all ... This product was thought up as an alternative to smoking Big Tobacco's ...

Springfield Housing Authority director, residents reflect on year-old ...
MassLive.com - April 21, 2014

Smoking was banned in buildings two years ago and expanded outdoors last ... The smoking ban was added to residents' leases, and violations have led to ...

Seashore considers smoking ban at Cape Cod beaches
Wicked Local Cape Cod - April 20, 2014

Cape Cod National Seashore Supt. George Price announced on Monday that he is considering installing a prohibition on smoking at the park's guarded ...

Braintree Health Board backs stricter tobacco rules
Wicked Local Braintree - April 18, 2014

Braintree's move to ban cigarette sales in pharmacies also follows a trend that many see as inevitable. Boston banned the sale of tobacco products in ...

Boston Common 4/20 vape-out will protest public smoking ban
BDCwire - April 18, 2014

Or, on April 20, a day of celebration for the marijuana-supporting community, they're taking it to the Common, to protest the ban on smoking in public, passed by ...

Framingham to check for tobacco sales to minors
Wicked Local Framingham - April 17, 2014

Using a regional tobacco control collaborative grant, the Board of Health will be ensuring businesses aren't selling tobacco products and nicotine delivery ...

Committee backs new nicotine restrictions in Newton
Wicked Local Newton - April 17, 2014

Zaleznik also noted that some kids start just using e-cigarettes but then begin mixing in traditional cigarettes to save money. And because e-cigarettes are ...

Littleton board mulls e-cig restrictions
Wicked Local Littleton - April 17, 2014

At first glance, electronic cigarettes, placed behind convenience store counters, resemble harmless long black pens. But teens and young adults who want to ...

Board restricts tobacco sales in Westford
Herald News – April 17, 2014

Young adults who want to buy electronic cigarettes, packed in shiny plastic cartons along the front of Nab's One Stop Shop in Westford, can no longer do so.

Youth group urges Springfield City Council to control single-cigar sales, city councilor says hell sponsor ordinance
MassLive.com - April 15, 2014

The students, as participants in the Pioneer Valley Area Health Education Center, are asking the City Council to pass an ordinance that would ban the sale of single cigars if priced less than $2.50.

Westford board votes to ban cigarette sales to those younger than 21
The Sun - April 15, 2014

WESTFORD -- Starting June 1, only those 21 and older will be able to purchase a cigarette or electronic cigarette in town. The Board of Health voted unanimously Monday to implement new tobacco regulations, which includes restricting the sale of traditional as well as e-cigarettes. According to state law, tobacco may only be sold to those older than 18; there's no age limit regarding the sale of "e-cigs," which works by converting a solution with flavoring, solvents and often, nicotine, into vapors which can be inhaled, though most stores impose their own limit at age 18. Chairman Zac Cataldo said the group was looking to bring the town on trend with several other places that restrict tobacco sales. He pointed to CVS recently eliminating products from their shelves. Westford is now one of about a dozen communities in Massachusetts adopting similar bylaws. Other communities which have taken a similar step include Dedham, Hudson, Needham and Scituate.

Students tackle real-life topics at City Hall visit
Daily Item - April 9, 2014

Public housing tenants will be asked their opinions on banning smoking in six local ... recommendations urging housing authorities to adopt smoke-free policies.

BHS food truck petition easy to swallow
Wicked Local Brookline - April 9, 2014

The articles would increase the tobacco-purchasing age from 19 to 21, as well as ... that about 11 percent of Brookline High School students smoked cigarettes.

New rules sought for tobacco
Wicked Local Weymouth - April 8, 2014

Pharmacies and health institutions would be prohibited from selling tobacco products under proposed board of health changes to the towns health regulations, and people would be prohibited from smoking at town playgrounds, beaches, swimming areas and recreation fields, according to Weymouth Director of Public Health Daniel McCormack. The proposed regulations would also prohibit businesses with tobacco licenses from selling electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, and blunt wraps to buyers ...

How Mapping Smoking Frequency Could Help People Kick the Habit in Boston
BostInno - April 8, 2014

Boston has made a concerted effort to kick its nasty habit of smoking cigarettes. The Boston Parks and Recreation Department has disallowed smoking on city-run property and local pharmaceutical giant CVS has pledged to cease the sale of cigarettes. New science from Down Under, though, is poised to take Boston's sentiments even further, changing the way we interact with cigarettes for the better. Dr. Amber Pearson of the University of Otago in Wellington, New Zealand and her team have successfully mapped the spots that smokers most frequent in downtown Wellington.

Do you think smoking should be banned in public housing?
Daily Item - April 7, 2014

Public housing tenants will be asked their opinions on banning smoking in six local residential complexes over the next several months in line with state recommendations urging housing authorities to adopt smoke-free policies.

Smoking bans being considered for public housing
The Salem News - April 7, 2014

SALEM Public housing is one of the last havens for North Shore smokers. In many communities, the elderly and other residents can still smoke in their apartments or outside on the grounds.

Massachusetts seeks to curtail smoking in public housing
Justice News Flash - April 6, 2014

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patricks administration is urging the development of policies that would curtail smoking in public housing. As reported by The Washington Times, guidelines were issued to local housing authorities on Thursday by the Department of Housing and Community Development requesting that they develop smoke-free policies for public housing units managed by the state.

Pittsfield considers telling smokers, retailers to 'butt out'
Berkshire Eagle - April 4, 2014

...rements from schools or other locations where youths are present, and a ban on ... The board is considering banning sales of cigars cheaper than $2.50 each if ...

April 4, 2014 Daily Poll
WWLP - April 4, 2014

Should smoking be banned in all Massachusetts public housing? Vote in today's 22News Interactive Internet Poll, and leave your comments below.

Massachusetts moving to stamp out smoking in public housing citing ...
The Republic - April 3, 2014

Local housing authorities couldn't ban tenants who smoke, nor could they force a tenant to quit smoking in order to keep their apartment, as long as they don't ...

Newburyport raises tobacco buying age to 19
The Daily News of Newburyport - April 3, 2014

The regulations that go into effect in early July also contain the following changes: restrictions on the sale of inexpensive single cigars and electronic cigarettes; ...

North Shore collaborative takes aim at asthma triggers
Wicked Local Marblehead - April 2, 2014

One of the collaboratives goals is to reduce the incidence of asthma related to second-hand smoke within multi-unit buildings. Why choose smoking in apartments and second-hand smoke? Beyond the obvious health implications for the person smoking, there is also increasing awareness that an individual's smoking habits can also affect other people living in the same complex and especially those living with asthma, according to the collaborative.

New Bedford bans smoking at parks, beaches, playgrounds, zoo
SouthCoastToday.com - April 1, 2014

NEW BEDFORD The city is posting new "smoke-free" signs at its parks, beaches, playgrounds and zoo, a news release from the mayor's office announced Tuesday. The signs will reflect the Board of Health's no smoking regulations, called "precedent-setting" in the release, which went into effect in 2012. The regulations prohibit smoking in these public places and also include a ban on using nicotine delivery products like e-cigarettes in public.

Signs to discourage smoking, encourage healthy living in New Bedford
Turn to 10 - April 1, 2014

Regulations prohibit smoking in public places and also include a ban on e-cigarettes. The signs are intended to curb smoking and cut down on second-hand ...

Marshfield police chief proposes banning all marijuana use in public
My Fox Boston - April 1, 2014

MARSHFIELD, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) -- The chief of police has proposed a new bylaw that would ban smoking or ingesting marijuana in any public place in the town, including for medicinal purposes. Though public users without a medical marijuana card already face a statewide $100 fine, anyone in Marshfield found violating the proposed bylaw, using marijuana for medical or recreational purposes, would face an extra $300 fine, according to the Patriot Ledger.

Hingham board asked to consider raising age to buy tobacco
The Patriot Ledger - April 1, 2014

Halle said 90 percent of smokers start before the age of 21. ... the state to take action, similar to measures that banned smoking in bars and restaurants. ... of anti-smoking efforts, such as enacting a ban on outdoor smoking on public property.

Newton retailers smoked over proposed nicotine regs
Wicked Local Newton - March 28, 2014

... to 21, banning the sale of flavored nicotine products and banning the sale of single ... The group questioned the city's ability to regulate prices and ban legal products. ... Nicotine-specific retailers would be exempt from the bans in the provision, but ... change because most minors who start smoking do so before they're 18.

Northampton club manager questions smoking ban
MassLive.com - March 28, 2014

NORTHAMPTON - He'd like to take it to court, but lacking money for a lawyer American Legion Post 28 general manager William Mazuch finds he can only rue .

Editorial: It's time to eliminate the cigarette butt
MassLive.com - March 28, 2014

UMass banned smoking on campus on July 1, 2013. ... bans of cigarette products from pharmacies, smoking in restaurants, bars, clubs, parks and on campus.

Hookah lounges, e-cigarettes under fire
Andover Townsman – March 27, 2014

... regulations since Town Meeting banned cigarette smoking inside restaurants in 1994. ... In addition to banning tobacco lounges, the new regulations would treat ... The regulations would ban the sale of single cigars priced at less than $2.50. ... “For

Tobacco-Free Policy
Mount Observer (Mount Wachusett Community College) - March 27, 2014

Dear Students, Mount Wachusett Community College has recently adopted a new tobacco-free policy. As the semester begins, it is important to consider how this policy change will impact our campus community and our collective goal to create a safe and ...

Controversy over E-Cigarettes
WWLP 22News - March 27, 2014

An employee at My E-Cigs in Agawam told 22News a basic E-Cigarette set costs $49, and the nicotine liquid is a fraction of the cost of actual cigarettes.

Hookah lounge gains approvals in Methuen
Eagle-Tribune - March 26, 2014

For a business to be exempted from the state smoke-free workplace law, it must apply for a state license to sell tobacco and a license to be a smoke bar. ...

Editorial: Northampton's ban of smoking a great example
MassLive.com - March 25, 2014

Why ban smoking in places where there is plenty of air, such as ball fields and public parks? Shouldnt smokers be able to light up in the company of others in a private club? Absolutely not. Smoking has a direct, noxious impact on those in the immediate area of the cigarette. Its deleterious effects have been exhaustively researched and documented.

Northampton extends smoking ban to include private clubs, municipal parks, recreation areas
MassLive.com - March 24, 2014

Smokers at the American Legion post in Florence had better take that last drag while they can. The tobacco world has just gotten smaller in Northampton. And that goes for electronic cigarettes, too. Last week, the Board of Health expanded the no smoking regulations [see the full regulations embedded at the end of this story] in the city to include private clubs, municipal parks and recreation areas.

Northampton health officials tighten anti-smoking restrictions to include many outdoor sites
Greenfield Daily Reporter - March 24, 2014

NORTHAMPTON, Massachusetts Northampton health officials have tightened restrictions on smoking, barring tobacco and e-cigarettes from many outdoor areas. The Daily Hampshire Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1f6rdGh) that the city's Board of Health banned smoking in public and private clubs, city parks, playgrounds, athletic fields, swimming areas, nursing homes and within 25 feet of city buildings, outdoor areas of restaurants and bus stops and taxi cab waiting areas. The regulations take effect June 1.

North Shore teens join efforts to fight smoking
The Salem News - March 22, 2014

Teens are kicking butts 86 percent of Massachusetts youth dont smoke, according to The 84, a statewide anti-smoking group. On the North Shore, Peabody, Danvers and Swampscott teens have launched their own chapters of the group and joined 200 of their peers for a day at the Statehouse. The teens point to e-cigarettes, tobacco products flavored like candy, product placement ... There is no federal or state law restricting age on an e-cigarette sale.

Some fume over town e-cigarette regs (VIDEO)
The Sun March 22, 2014

...But the Farbers say they're worried their business will suffer now that the Board of Health voted this month to ban the sale of all tobacco products and e-cigarettes to anyone under the age of 21. The town is the first in the area to take this step, while only about 10 others in Massachusetts have adopted a similar regulation. Those on the list include Arlington, Canton, Dedham, Hudson, Needham and Scituate. ...

Graham: War on bottles, not bongs
Boston Herald - March 21, 2014

E-cigarettes create nothing but water vapor, while pot can create an entire generation of sofa-surfing losers digging change out of the cushions to buy another ...

New data shows spike in smokeless tobacco sales
Medical Xpress (PhysOrg.com) - March 21, 2014

The number of smokeless tobacco products sold in Massachusetts is soaring, as are the levels of nicotine packed into many of them, according to a new analysis from UMass Medical School and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH).

March 21, 2014 Daily Poll
WWLP - March 21, 2014

... will be prohibited in public and private clubs, workplaces, city parks, and recreational areas in Northampton. This includes electronic cigarettes as well.

Honoring work done, identifying work ahead
Sentinel and Enterprise - March 21, 2014

Richard Hooks Wayman, CEO of LUK inc., in Fitchburg, asked for support on a bill that would ban the use of e-cigarettes in smoke-free areas and ban the sale of ...

Northampton health board approves new smoking restrictions
GazetteNET - March 20, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — City smokers have until June 1 before new regulations take effect that will ... Sales of blunt wraps in the city will also be banned under the new ... said he comes from a family of smokers and is in favor of the ban in parks, ...

Concord Currents: What's new and happening in Concord
Boston.com - March 20, 2014

These revisions are aimed at reducing youth access to tobacco and nicotine ... The Board of Health is also considering prohibiting the use of e-cigarettes in all ...

Bloomberg to Speak at Williams Commencement
iBerkshires.com - March 19, 2014

His passion for public health led to ambitious strategies that became national models, including a ban on smoking in all indoor workplaces and at parks and ...

Nicotine devices find an audience
Boston Globe - March 20, 2014

Three months ago, after a friend quit smoking for vapor pens, and with a ... extend existing tobacco laws — including bans on sales to minors and smoking in ...

Daily Talker: How Should E-Cigarettes Be Regulated?
CBS Local - March 19, 2014

As electronic cigarettes grow in popularity as an alternative to smoking, so do concerns about teens who use them. D.J. Wilson of the Massachusetts Municipal Association says the self-reported rate of e-cigarette use by high schoolers doubled between 2011 and 2012. For kids, its cheaper than buying a pack of cigarettes, said Wilson. Right now, there is no national regulation on the sale of e-cigarettes, although some states and cities do limit their sale. At Vape Daddys, an e-cigarette shop in Newton, no one under 18 is allowed inside. How should electronic cigarettes be regulated? Share your comments below, and watch for them on WBZ News in the Morning from 4:30 to 7:00 a.m.

'Vaping' under legal haze in Attleboros
Attleboro Sun Chronicle - March 15, 2014

The crayon-like sticks, colorfully packaged in purple, orange and lime green, come in flavors appealingly named "Blueberry Blast," "Peach Mango Paradise" and "Melon Dew Rush." Flavored, smokeless "hookah pens" and "e-hookahs," are available at many convenience stores and are an offshoot of the growing market for electronic cigarettes. And although the devices are sometimes labeled for purchase only by those over 18, public health officials say the hookahs or "vape pipes" are really meant to get a new generation of young people hooked on a smoking-like habit. Local teens say the devices are popular, both among teens who already smoke cigarettes, and others. "They're a safer alternative to cigarettes," says Daniel Lazarro, 16, a student at Attleboro High School. "They also don't hurt your throat like smoking does." Elizabeth Malloy, 17, said the fruit-like flavors are an attraction for teens, although most find they're not as satisfying as regular cigarettes. "They're like cigarettes light," she said.

Board may toughen regulations against tobacco products
Eagle-Tribune - March 14, 2014

State law has banned the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products to minors for ... Other possible rules presented by Beauregard include banning the sale of ... of e-cigarettes in areas where smoking tobacco is not allowed; and prohibiting ...

Should tobacco age be 21?
Wicked Local - March 14, 2014

The warrant article also sought to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes. ... Voters ultimately decided that cigarette smoking is a private health matter, while the ...

Brookline High senior wants to raise tobacco buying age to 21 to ...
Wicked Local Brookline - March 13, 2014

Only about four students were smoking. Two of them refused to be quoted for this story, but said they would be against the smoking ban. One of the two students ...

Fitzgerald: Lessons for Bay State in Sin City suit
Boston Herald - March 12, 2014

But since casino gambling remains a hot-button issue, this tale from Las Vegas is ... over smoking, as if a Camel is somehow less lethal in a gambling parlor.

Newton aldermen considering new restrictions on nicotine sales
Wicked Local - March 11, 2014

City officials are considering a series of changes aimed at dramatically reducing teens access to certain tobacco and nicotine delivery products in Newton a prospect that has some storeowners concerned about their ability to stay in business. A proposed ordinance before the aldermanic Programs and Services Committee would raise the legal age to purchase tobacco, ban convenience stores from selling flavored tobacco and regulate electronic nicotine products, or e-cigarettes, in the same manner as tobacco. Flavored products including cigars, chewing tobacco and e-cigarettes would be restricted to tobacco or e-cigarette retail stores. Approximately 40 stores in the city are currently licensed to sell nicotine products, but only two would fall under the retail exemption Vape Daddys and Newton Smoke Shop, both located on the same block of Watertown Street in Nonantum. Those retailers would be exempt, Zaleznik said, because they can restrict access for underage people something convenience stores cant do because of the variety of products they sell. Newton would be the first municipality in the state to restrict the sale of flavored products. The ban on flavored products wouldnt apply to menthol tobacco products.

Not so fast on e-cigarettes
Boston Globe - March 11, 2014

Electronic cigarette use is exploding among adolescents, and the latest evidence indicates this is not good. A study published last week in JAMA Pediatrics found youth e-cigarette users had higher odds of being tobacco smokers, progressing from experimentation to established smoking; were more likely to be heavier smokers; and were less likely to have quit smoking than smokers who did not also use e-cigarettes.

Hookah Delivery Service 'GoPuff' Has Plans For Boston Launch
Boston magazine's Boston Daily (blog) - March 10, 2014

The best way to describe GoPuff is like an Uber service for hookah and tobacco products, and in the next few months its creators have their eyes set on launching the concept here in Boston.

Suffolk official, deemed untruthful, to remain on leave
Boston Globe - March 7, 2014

Campatelli denied she smokes cigarettes. “I smoke electronic cigarettes,” she said. “Maybe I got a cup of coffee.” Corbett also questioned Campatelli's work ethic ...

Concord Currents: What's new and happening in Concord
Boston.com - March 6, 2014

These revisions are aimed at reducing youth access to tobacco and nicotine ... The Board of Health is also considering prohibiting the use of e-cigarettes in all ...

Holyoke to ban smoking in public parks to limit harm of second-hand smoke, but ban delayed for 1 year
Springfield Union-News and Sunday Republican - March 6, 2014

...City Council has approved an ordinance to ban smoking in public parks and Mayor Alex B. Morse said Wednesday he will sign it into law. The prohibition won't take effect for a year as officials said they want to take time to educate the public and get ...

Wakefield man to open E-cigarette shop in Melrose
Herald News – March 6, 2014

An electronic-cigarette store that is set to open in Melrose next month promises to provide customers with all their vaping needs - and offer a healthier substitute to smoking.

Southborough Board of Health to support medical pot bylaw
Wicked Local Southborough - March 5, 2014

In 2009, several months after possession of small amounts of marijuana was ... the age for cigarette sales to 21, a measure Ashland and Hudson have recently taken. ... The board did indicate may place a ban on sales of e-cigarettes to minors ...

KIRK SHILTS, Hingham: Smoking is about children's health, not smokers rights
Tewksbury Advocate - March 3, 2014

COMMENTARY I would like to comment on a recent Speak Out commentary regarding the authors opposition to outdoor smoking bans (Its my life, Ill smoke if I want to, Jan. 18). As a member of Hinghams Board of Health who voted to prohibit outdoor smoking on town-owned property, I have some skin in this game. I agree that the author has a right to commit suicide in a slow and deliberate manner by smoking. He says smoking lessens the quantity (and quality) of ones life and hes right. The public display of this addictive habit shouldnt be imposed upon those most impressionable: our kids. Its why smoking is no longer glamorized in movies or television. Smoking is neither sophisticated nor cool. Teenagers should know the truth that smokers dont choose to smoke to purportedly relax or gain pleasure, but rather, smokers smoke to quell the induced anxiety caused by nicotine and satisfy a habitual desire that for many is uncontrollable. The same addictive behaviors occur with e-cigarettes as with tobacco.

Two more towns hike cigarette age
Boston Globe - March 1, 2014

Scituate and Hudson last week became the latest Massachusetts communities to join the move to raise the minimum age for buying cigarettes to 21.

Wellesley now prohibits sale of tobacco, nicotine products to those under 21
Wicked Local Wellesley - March 1, 2014

If you're a Wellesley business that's been selling tobacco and nicotine-delivery products to customers under age 21, those days are almost over. On Feb. 20, the Wellesley Board of Health voted to amend one of its regulations. The regulation, "Restricting the Sale of Tobacco in the Town of Wellesley," has been expanded to include "nicotine delivery products." Nicotine products include the now-popular E-cigarettes. The Health Department regulations note that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services "has concluded that nicotine is as addictive as cocaine and heroin." The board also raised the minimum age a tobacco vendor can sell tobacco and nicotine products to a customer from 18 to age 21...

E-cigarette shop to open in Melrose
Wicked Local- Melrose - February 26, 2014

An electronic-cigarette store that is set to open in Melrose next month promises to provide customers with all their vaping needs — and offer a healthier ...

E-Cigarettes: Gateway Or Cure?
WBUR - February 26, 2014

Until just a few years ago, electronic cigarettes were relatively obscure. Now, they form a $1.7 billion industry that is steadily growing. But the e-cigarette has also ... Dr Michael Siegel, a Professor of Community Health Sciences at Boston University.... Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez, a Democrat from Jamaica Plain and co-chairman of the legislature’s Public Health Committee...

Hudson raises age to buy cigarettes to 21
MetroWest Daily News - February 26, 2014

HUDSON Beginning in July, 18-year-olds will no longer be able to buy cigarettes in town, as Hudson health officials Tuesday night approved raising the minimum purchase age for tobacco products to 21. The Board of Health also banned smoking in town-owned parks and playgrounds and voted to prohibit healthcare institutions, such as pharmacies, from selling tobacco products in town to help reduce the high percentage of cigarette smokers in town.

Scituate Board of Health votes to raise age to buy tobacco to 21
Wicked Local- Scituate - February 25, 2014

SCITUATE In an effort to crack down on underage smoking, Scituate will soon join a handful of communities across the state that have increased the minimum age for purchasing tobacco and related products to 21 years old. In a unanimous vote, the board of health on Monday night raised the legal age for buying cigarettes, tobacco products and nicotine delivery devices from the state minimum of 18 to 21, effective May 1.

Scituate: Board of Health votes to ban e-cigarettes in public places
95.9 WATD-FM (blog) - February 25, 2014

The Scituate Board of Health voted Monday night to amend the towns regulations regarding the sale and purchase of tobacco products, including the popular electronic or E- cigarettes.

I-Team: Smoke-free properties
WWLP 22News - February 24, 2014

We looked at an apartment complex that created a smoke-free policy close to five years after a lit cigarette caused one of its buildings to burn down. Preservation Housing Management takes all complaints regarding violations of the non-smoking policy rule seriously and follows up on any possible violations ...

Scituate: Vote pending on e-cigarettes
95.9 WATD-FM (blog) - February 23, 2014

Monday night, the Scituate Board of Health is expected to take a key vote on the future of e-cigarettes in town, with tougher regulations likely. Public health officials say the electronic cigarettes will probably fall under the same restrictions now governing regular cigarettes. Sales of individual cigars will likely be banned in favor of a mandate that they come in packs of at least four. Hookah bars would also be forbidden in Scituate...

Dracut pharmacies to become smoke free March 1
Boston Business Journal (blog) - February 21, 2014

Dracut pharmacies to become smoke free March 1. Staff Boston Business Journal. Pharmacies in Dracut will stop selling cigarettes March 1, the Lowell Sun ...

Holbrook may consider raising age to buy cigarettes
Herald News – February 20, 2014

Holbrook could follow a regional trend of barring cigarette purchases to anyone under age 21....

Guest Opinion: Westport youth helped snuff out pharmacy tobacco ...
Fall River Herald News - February 19, 2014

Guest Opinion: Westport youth helped snuff out pharmacy tobacco sales ... to present it the benefits of banning the sale of tobacco in our town's pharmacies. ... is sold to make a person feel better, to sell a deadly product such as cigarettes. ... to have influenced the ban of the sale of tobacco products in both pharmacies in the ...

Norton housing panel to snuff out smoking
Attleboro Sun Chronicle - February 19, 2014

NORTON - The Norton Housing Authority has started the process to go smoke-free. After months of discussion, the housing authority board of commissioners voted 4-0 at their Jan. 28 meeting to go smoke-free in the apartments.

CVS kicks the habit
North Andover Citizen - February 17, 2014

CVS Caremark, a national chain of pharmacies and convenience stores, has opted to stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products effective Oct. 1 this year. The decision by the corporation comes almost two years after the North Andover Board of Health had discussed the possibility of barring the sale of smokes at pharmacies in town

Local health officials look to curb tobacco sales
Berkshire Eagle - February 17, 2014

LEE -- Local health officials hope to curb tobacco sales in Berkshire County by capitalizing on CVS' self-imposed nationwide ban of tobacco products from its 7,600 stores later this year. Pittsfield, Lee, Lenox, Stockbridge and, as of April 1, Adams currently prohibit tobacco sales in pharmacies or in stores with pharmacies, among 70 cities and towns statewide who have instituted such a ban since 2009. Wilusz plans to meet with the North Adams Board of Health next month to discuss a pharmaceutical tobacco ban in that city.

Why Boston's Smoking Ban is Good For Your Mental Health
BostInno-by Nick DeLuca - February 13, 2014

In December, the Boston Parks and Recreation banned smoking from city-run public spaces and most recently, CVS – a local drug store staple – announced it ...

BLOMQUIST: When there’s smoke there’s fire
Berkeley Beacon (Emerson College) - February 13, 2014

Banning smoking on the Common actually worsens the problem of secondhand smoke for nonsmoking citizens. It can be reasonably assumed that rather than quit smoking, smokers will smoke on the sidewalks. The Common is a large, mostly flat area of land where...

When teens took on tobacco
Boston.com - February 13, 2014

When CVS announced it would stop selling tobacco products last week, an extra ... That's where the push to get cigarettes off pharmacy shelves was begun 14 years ... BOLD got a meeting with the paper to talk about cigarette ads, but it didn't seem ... Health Commission, urging it to ban cigarettes from pharmacies citywide, ...

Adams approves new restrictions on sale of tobacco products
Berkshire Eagle - February 12, 2014

The use of e-cigarettes and other tobacco-related products in public spaces, ... from local store owners that restrictions on cigar sales were unnecessary. ... no pharmacy representatives voiced displeasure with the pharmacy ban proposal.

CAC promotes 'smoke less' initaitive
The Justice - February 11, 2014

The Brandeis University chapter of Colleges Against Cancer, a nationwide collaboration of college students dedicated to the implementation of the programs and missions of the American Cancer Society, is seeking campus-wide support for a smoking policy that would limit smoking to designated areas around campus. Reducing smoking privileges on U.S. college and university campuses appears to be a national trend. According to a report by the American Nonsmokers Rights Foundation, currently 1,182 colleges and universities have 100 percent smoke-free campuses. This number has grown from the 586 campuses of which we were aware two years earlier (October 2011), according to the ANRF website.

South Shore communities weigh raising tobacco-buying age
The Patriot Ledger - February 8, 2014

But as the tobacco industry renews its push to reach young would-be smokers with innovative products like electronic cigarettes and flavored "cigarillos" several South Shore communities are joining a growing movement to keep tobacco products out of high schools by pushing the legal purchasing age back to 19 or even 21. Canton and Sharon made the move to 21 last year, and Braintree and Scituate officials are now considering similar regulations.

Taunton area shop owners say CVS tobacco ban means better business for local stores
Wicked Local (MA) - February 5, 2014

Local convenience store and smoke shop owners are pleased that CVS is will soon stop selling tobacco products. But they also say the drugstore giant has never posed much of a competitive threat in terms of cigarette, cigar and loose tobacco prices.

Worcester, other Mass. cities already ban tobacco in pharmacies
Worcester Telegram - February 5, 2014

The decision by CVS Caremark to stop selling tobacco products at its drugstores nationwide won't change things at many of its outlets in Massachusetts. That's because Boston, Worcester and dozens of other communities in the Bay State already have prohibitions on the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products at pharmacies.

New tobacco regulations approved in Franklin
Milford Daily News - February 5, 2014

FRANKLIN Smoking will no longer be allowed at private membership clubs after April 1, when new Board of Health tobacco regulations go into effect. Despite opposition from the Franklin Rod & Gun Club, the board adopted the regulation on Tuesday as well as several more restricting the sale of tobacco products in town. Beginning April 1, stores, under the regulations, wont be able to sell blunt wraps flavored tobacco rolling papers and four packs of cigars priced under $2.50, aimed at curbing the number of teenage smokers in town. In addition, people will be banned from smoking electronic cigarettes, known as "vaping," at any municipal building or town-owned park and recreation area.

Around Easthampton: Cultural grants announced, tobacco ...
GazetteNET - February 3, 2014

New city regulations regarding tobacco and nicotine-delivery products will go into effect March 1. The Board of Health approved the changes, recommended by state and county tobacco coalitions in part to prevent youth tobacco use, at its Jan. 13 meeting

Teens spoke out against tobacco. City listened
The Sun - February 2, 2014

LOWELL -- At the start of this year, it became tougher to get certain tobacco products in the city. The Board of Health passed a series of 10 new regulations restricting the sale of some tobacco and nicotine products, banning the smoking of electronic cigarettes in public places and requiring retailers to post signs announcing resources that help smokers quit

Adams divided on proposed restrictions on tobacco sales
Berkshire Eagle - January 30, 2014

ADAMS -- Proposed restrictions on tobacco and e-cigarettes ignited a spirited debate at a public hearing Wednesday night, but the Board of Health opted to continue to consider the measure rather than taking a final vote on the law.

Some Boston smokers not pleased about smoking ban in city's public parks
Springfield (MA) Union-News and Sunday Republican - January 30, 2014

Cin Poghos, 20, a freshman at Emerson College, thinks the ban assumes people can't practice common courtesy. "That's a bit absurd. Where does that money go? That's a little high. $250 for just that," said Poghos, smoking a Marlboro Gold on Boylston Stre

For smokers, a Common spot revoked
Berkeley Beacon - January 30, 2014

Robertson Kolby Woodfield was walking through Boston Common smoking his daily ... colony's Puritan founders effectively banned the use of tobacco throughout the city. ... Martin said that Boston was one of the first major cities to ban smoking in ... and medical marijuana, so it seems surprising that they're increasing bans.

Marblehead Housing Authority bans smoking
Marblehead Reporter - January 30, 2014

Commissioners last summer tasked Marcoux with conducting a “no-smoking survey” to gauge tenants' attitudes about a smoking ban. Seventy-four of 292 ...

Adams divided on proposed restrictions on tobacco sales
Berkshire Eagle - January 30, 2014

ADAMS -- Proposed restrictions on tobacco and e-cigarettes ignited a spirited ... The new regulations, if adopted by the board of health, would restrict public use of ... that steps were needed to combat smoking, particularly in young people.

Steve Wynn wants Wampanoags' deal
Boston Herald - January 30, 2014

The tax cut is one of a dozen wished-for changes in Wynn's memo, which cites the ... casino in Taunton — that calls for the tribe to pay a maximum 17 percent tax. ... and determining whether prizewinners owe past-due child support or taxes.

Smoke-free campaigns reign at Massachusetts public housing
Sentinel and Enterprise - January 27, 2014

LEOMINSTER -- The city's tobacco agent, Joan Hamlett, is starting a campaign encouraging the tri-city area's public housing to go completely smoke-free. Hamlett is director of the Central Massachusetts Boards of Health Tobacco Control Alliance representing 34 communities. She is supporting the state Public Housing Department's tobacco-control program's Smoke Free Housing Project

Towns adding regulations on tobacco sales
Wicked Local- Weston - January 26, 2014

More Massachusetts towns have enacted tobacco regulations in the past two years than in the history of the states anti-tobacco campaign, adopting new restrictions largely aimed at how businesses can sell such products. Fifty cities and towns ban the sale of blunt wraps, and 39 have set a ... Recently, the regulations passing at the local level point to a shift in philosophy. ... bills that would extend the ban on cigarette sales to minors to include electronic cigarettes ...

Right to snuff out kids' tobacco access
Sentinel and Enterprise - January 26, 2014

... and every day, more than 3,000 kids pick up their first cigarette. Teens are using other tobacco products, like flavored cigars, at a higher rate than cigarettes.

No more lighting up at Fairhaven Housing Authority sites
SouthCoastToday.com - January 23, 2014

FAIRHAVEN John Tetreault smokes when he gets up, having his cigarette with his coffee. He smokes after he eats his meals. It relaxes him, he said, and he keeps his apartment clean so it shouldn't bother anyone.

Marion Board of Health amends cigarette sale laws to prevent sale ...
SouthCoastToday.com - January 22, 2014

As of mid-April, only customers over the age of 18 will have access to electronic cigarettes. Educational and health facilities as well as pharmacies will not be ...

Tobacco regs may get tighter
The Recorder - January 22, 2014

Nicole Zabko, the town's health director, said the Board of Health decided to focus on electronic cigarettes, because they are currently allowed to be smoked in ...

Public hearing on medical marijuana zoning tomorrow
The Daily News of Newburyport - January 21, 2014

Tomorrow at 7 p.m., the Planning Board will hold a public hearing on the proposed zoning amendment that will regulate the siting of medical marijuana ...

Group lights up on Boston Common to protest park smoking ban
Boston Globe - January 18, 2014

Scents of marijuana and tobacco cut through heavy rain and snow Saturday on Boston Common as a small group gathered to light up in objection to the newly ...

State urged to act on sales of e-cigarettes to minors
Boston Globe - January 19, 2014

RE “Tax plan on 'e-cigarettes' scrapped” (Metro, Jan. ... development and may be a gateway to use of cigarettes and other harmful tobacco products. ... As a pediatrician, I fully support regulation of e-cigarette sales to minors, and I hope that ...

E-cigarettes: savior or menace?
Wicked Local Plymouth - January 19, 2014

We scold them constantly and make them pay outrageously high taxes. ... E-cigarette advocates call it “vaping,” not smoking, because it really is different. ... It's also indisputably true that e-cigarettes are less dangerous than tobacco cigarettes.

Marijuana zoning public hearing coming up Feb. 4
Needham Times - January 19, 2014

THE QUESTION Although the recent legalization of medical marijuana in Massachusetts is largely a state process, the statute allows towns to set local rules as ...

Advocates of recreational marijuana planning to see what voters think of full legalization
Herald News – January 18, 2014

Bill Downing was 15 when he first smoked marijuana. Downing said he then had the "instant recognition" that the prohibition against pot, or cannabis as he prefers to call it, was a "huge social injustice."

South Deerfield adopts stricter policies regulating sales, use of tobacco products
Hampshire (MA) Gazette - January 14, 2014

The first regulation, effective Jan. 1, restricts cigar packaging and bans the sale of blunt wraps and the sale of tobacco in health-care institutions such as pharmacies, and caps the number of tobacco permits. The new policy restricts retailers from se

Tax plan on 'e-cigarettes' scrapped
Boston Globe - January 13, 2014

Aides to Governor Deval Patrick have dropped an initiative for a tax on e-cigarettes after gauging the political appetite among lawmakers and finding it limited, ...

'E-cigs' banned in city schools
Gloucester Daily Times - January 13, 2014

But it is, like any tobacco product, now banned from all of the buildings and grounds of Gloucester's public schools. The School Committee has voted to add ...

A piece of ourselves is stubbed out with smoking ban in Hub parks
Boston Globe - January 11, 2014

I just got back from Germany, where I shot off fireworks in the street on New Year's Eve along with the friendly neighbors, drove 110 miles per hour on the ...

Ending smoking remains an uphill battle on SouthCoast
SouthCoastToday.com - January 9, 2014

Those who do remember can recall that people smoked everywhere except ... taxes and ever-tightening restrictions cut that number down to today's 18 percent.

Public hearing on pharmacy tobacco sales ban slated in Adams
North Adams Transcript - January 9, 2014

ADAMS -- The Board of Health agreed Wednesday night on a final draft of new tobacco product regulations that would ban the sale of tobacco in pharmacies.

Medford Housing Authority anti-smoking policy stalled
Wickedlocal-Med Ford - January 9, 2014

Medford An outspoken group of Medford residents is demanding answers from the Medford Housing Authority something, new director John Coddington cannot give them. A group of residents found themselves frustrated and disappointed at a December meeting of the MHA Board of Commissioners after Coddington was unable to give any updates regarding a non-smoking policy in public housing.

Holyoke City Council might prohibit smoking in public parks, just outside municipal buildings
MassLive.com - January 8, 2014

Katherine M. Liptak, chairwoman of the Board of Health and a registered nurse, said she would need to research effects of smoking on nonsmokers in an open ...

Brickbat: Smoked Out
Reason (blog) - January 8, 2014

The Boston Parks and Recreation Commission has banned smoking in all city parks. Those caught violating the ban face a $250 fine. Barbara Ferrer, executive ...

Smoking Ban for Properties Approved by Parks and Recreation ...
Backbaysun - January 7, 2014

The Boston Parks and Recreation Commission voted unanimously last Tuesday to adopt a proposed smoking ban for all City of Boston park properties. The ban was initially proposed by Mayor Thomas M. Menino and then approved on Nov. 20 by members of the Boston City Council. The amendment to City of Boston Municipal Code, Ordinance 7-4.14, prohibits the smoking of tobacco, marijuana or any other material on properties controlled by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department.

Boston Common, now cigarette-free, was once a smokers' haven
How does society feel about smoking? Just see whats legal in the city center.
Boston Globe - January 6, 2014

Whatever their resolutions, the start of the new year has marked the end of one habit for Bostons downtown smokers: stepping out on the Common for a cigarette. In one of his last acts before leaving office, Mayor Thomas Menino approved an ordinance banning smoking on Boston Common and the citys other parks. That measure went into effect last Tuesday.

Curb smoking ban
Boston Herald - January 6, 2014

What gives Boston the right to ban smoking in the city's parks (Far-left crusade looms, Jan. 3)? These are wide-open spaces, with plenty of room for everybody. ...

Boston approves ban on smoking in city-run parks
Foster's Daily Democrat - January 3, 2014

BOSTON (AP) Boston has banned smoking in city-run parks, joining a growing list of American cities to do so. The Boston Parks and Recreation Commission on Monday approved a ban covering the 251 parks, squares, cemeteries and other spaces run by the Parks and Recreation Department, including Boston Common, the Public Garden and Franklin Park. No one spoke in opposition to the ban.

Boston approves ban on smoking in city-run parks
Idaho State Journal - January 2, 2014

Boston has banned smoking in city-run parks, joining a growing list of American cities to do so.

Parks' smoking ban taking effect immediately
Boston Globe - December 31, 2013

The Boston Parks and Recreation Commission approved a smoking ban Monday in city-run parks, immediately making it illegal to smoke cigarettes, marijuana, and other lighted or vaporized substances under the penalty of a $250 fine. ...

Boston Bans Smoking, Vaporizing of Marijuana, Tobacco in City Parks
The Daily Chronic - December 31, 2013

The Boston Parks and Recreation Commission has approved a ban on smoking in city-run parks. ...

Editorial: Hypocrisy over smokes
Boston Herald - December 28, 2013

But now at least eight communities have raised the age to 21 and four others have set it at 19. Keep in mind, this is a perfectly legal product and unlike alcohol no one can get arrested for driving while smoking. Add to that the fact that most 18- to 20 ...

Local e-cigarette store opens
Wicked Local - December 17, 2013

Vape Daddy's retailer of Custom E-Cigarettes, E-Juices and Vaping ... more than 4,000 chemicals found in most traditional tobacco cigarettes all without the ... David Bershad, a 32-year veteran of Boston's advertising community and Vape ...

Holmes: E-cigarettes: Savior or menace?
Wicked Local - December 14, 2013

Now along come e-cigarettes to rattle that rationale. E-cigarettes serve up nicotine extract in a vaporized form. They deliver the same nicotine fix that comes from cigarettes, along with other things smokers enjoy deep inhaling, the feeling youre taking a refreshing break, having something to do with your hands. But there is no tobacco, no burning and no smoke. A light vapor may be visible coming from users mouths, but it is odorless and, while there hasnt been sufficient research to declare it harmless, its chemical composition bears no resemblance to secondhand smoke. Yes, nicotine is highly addictive, but its the other things in cigarette smoke tar, carbon monoxide and hundreds of toxic compounds that kill you, not the nicotine. E-cigarette advocates call it vaping, not smoking, because it really is different. So heres the question: If they have a way to ingest their nicotine without subjecting anyone else to secondhand smoke, should we invite the nicotine addicts back inside? Should we let people vape in bars and restaurants? Or, to put it another way: Are all the misery-inducing anti-cigarette measures put into place in the last 30 years really about about health, or are they some moral judgment society applies to nicotine addiction? Should e-cigarettes be seen as a savior for smokers who must feed their addiction but dont want to destroy their health, or as a menace?

Berkley resident strives to make UMass Lowell campus tobacco-free
Taunton Daily Gazette - December 9, 2013

Katie Burnett, of Berkley, a student at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and a member of the school's American Cancer Society's Colleges Against Cancer ...

NEW: Mass Medical Society Policy Opposes Youth Use of E-cigarettes
GoLocal Worcester - December 9, 2013

At the Massachusetts Medical Society's (MMS) Interim Meeting held on Saturday, resolutions were adopted by physicians on electronic cigarettes, the use of ...

Home insurance break for nonsmokers becoming scarce
Boston (MA) Globe - December 8, 2013

Once upon a time, staying away from cigarettes could not only have saved your life, but have shaved a few dollars off your home insurance bill, too. But the nonsmoker's discount -- on average a $50 annual savings on an insurance policy in Massachusetts -- has slowly fizzled away.

Franklin: Public hearing set for new tobacco regulations
Milford (MA) Daily News - December 6, 2013

FRANKLIN The Board of Health will hold a public hearing next month on whether to pass comprehensive new tobacco regulations.

EDIT: Smokers’ havens now bans smokers
The Daily Free Press (Boston University) - December 4, 2013

Instead of banning smoking from entire areas, cities should be designating areas for smokers to smoke freely. That way any non-smokers could avoid that spot in the park and allow people to enjoy their Turkish Royals or Newport Reds. Designated smoking are

Mayor Menino expected to sign smoking ban in public parks
The Daily Free Press (Boston University) - December 4, 2013

Under the ordinance passed by the City Council on Nov. 27, smoking would be banned in all parks, including the Boston Common, the Public Garden and Franklin Park. Those caught smoking cigarettes, marijuana or any “lighted or vaporized” substances ...

Boston expected to ban smoking in parks
Boston Globe-by David Abel - November 27, 2013

Gilbert Farley, the self-appointed town crier of Boston Common, had just stamped out his half-smoked cigarette, delicately preserving it for later, ... Similar ordinances are in place in New York, San Francisco, and nearly 900 other municipalities around the country, including 20 in Massachusetts, according to the American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation, a California group that tracks the legislation.

City poised to ban lighting up in public parks
Boston Herald - November 22, 2013

City councilors yesterday approved the ban, which also would apply to other ... The city has had limited bans on outdoor smoking in toddler playgrounds and in ...

Middlesex Community College clears the air with smoking ban
The Sun - November 21, 2013

They found it extreme to ban smoking altogether, saying a middle ground of ... to walk through the quad, but it shouldn't be banned entirely," said Russo, 18.

UMass students, staff have different opinions on smoking ban
The Massachusetts Daily Collegian - November 21, 2013

At the beginning of the year, UMass adopted a new tobacco policy that prohibited the use of any tobacco products on campus. However, almost one semester ...

UMass Lowell students want campus tobacco ban
Lawrence (MA) Eagle-Tribune - November 20, 2013

During the Great American Smokeout on campus tomorrow, students are planning informational events and cessation and counseling programs, which will continue throughout November, which is Lung Cancer Awareness month.

Director of tobacco-free campus shares five years of success
News from the University of Massachusetts- November 19, 2013

Tobacco treatment specialist Gregory Seward has found enforcing the tobacco-free policy that went into effect five years ago at UMass Medical School and ...

Guest View: New Bedford's public housing residents support smoke ...
SouthCoastToday.com - November 19, 2013

A primary partner of SCHHWI is the New Bedford Housing Authority, which will institute a smoke-free policy in all its developments on Jan. 1. As the lead ...

Council sets $300 fine for using marijuana in public
Weymouth News - November 19, 2013

People caught by police smoking marijuana or ingesting the drug in a public place will be fined $300 under an ordinance approved by town councilors Nov. 12.

Holbrook special Town Meeting to decide marijuana bylaw
Holbrook Sun - November 14, 2013

A new bylaw that imposes a $300 fine for public use of marijuana is among the special Town Meeting articles to be taken up Nov. 20. The 20-article special ...

Campus call to clear the air
The Sun - November 13, 2013

Backed by student leaders, administrators, fellow students and the American Cancer Society, a movement to make the campus tobacco-free is gaining some ...

Northeastern University's new smoking ban gets mixed reviews
Boston.com - November 12, 2013

While Northeastern University officials say the transition to a smoke-free campus has been a success, some students are skeptical about what the ban is trying to ...

Changes to Marblehead smoking regulations focus on e-cigarettes
Marblehead Reporter - November 7, 2013

Marblehead The Board of Health amended the town's tobacco-control regulations, notably prohibiting the sale to minors of nicotine-delivery products, known as "e-cigarettes," and incorporating new language surrounding the popular devices, following a public hearing Wednesday evening, Oct. 30. Other provisions added to what is now called the "Tobacco and Nicotine-Delivery-Product Control" article under the town's health and sanitation bylaws include a restriction on the use of e-cigarettes in public places and a new schedule of fines associated with violations.

Exposure to Secondhand Smoke at Work On the Decline, but Gaps Remain
Science Daily (press release) - November 4, 2013

New policy changes have led to decreased exposure to environmental tobacco smoke at work, yet workers in some occupations still experience a high prevalence of secondhand smoke, according to new research released today at the American Public Health Association's 141st Annual Meeting in Boston. The study analyzes worker exposure to secondhand smoke following a Massachusetts mandate in 2004, the Smoke-Free Workplace Law, in which all enclosed workplaces were required to be smoke-free.

Despite workplace ban, many blue-collar workers still exposed to ...
Boston.com - November 4, 2013

Massachusetts ban on workplace smoking has helped lower the number of people exposed to cancer-causing smoke on the job, but employees in lower-paid positions are significantly less likely to be protected, according to a study being released Monday.

Seidenberg, A.B; Hong, W.; Liu, J.Y.; Noel, J.K.; Rees, V.W., "Availability and range of tobacco products for sale in Massachusetts pharmacies," Tobacco Control 22(6): 372-375, November 2013.

Objective New tobacco control policies have been introduced in Massachusetts which restrict tobacco product sales in pharmacies. The purpose of this investigation was to outline the scope of pharmacy involvement in the tobacco market by assessing the availability and range of tobacco products sold in Massachusetts pharmacies. ... Conclusions Tobacco-free pharmacy policies would affect a majority of Massachusetts pharmacies and remove a variety of tobacco products from their store shelves. Further, nearly one in ten tobacco retailers would be eliminated by prohibiting tobacco sales in Massachusetts pharmacies statewide.

Medway Board of Health drafting new tobacco regulations
Milford Daily News - October 31, 2013

The Board of Health is considering updating several tobacco regulations, some of which are 10 years old and dont adhere to the Massachusetts Smoke-Free Workplace Law.

E-cigarette bill up for debate in Massachusetts
YNN Hudson Valley - October 30, 2013

The legislation would ban the sale of e-cigarettes to minors, ban their use on ... E-cigarettes use an odorless chemical vapor to transfer nicotine into the body.

Bill Regulating E-Cigarettes OK'd By Committee
CBS Local - October 30, 2013

BOSTON (AP) — A bill that would place electronic cigarettes under the state's existing tobacco control law is making its way through the Massachusetts ..

UMass symposium on tobacco bans
Worcester Telegram - October 28, 2013

WORCESTER There are 115 colleges and universities in Massachusetts. Twelve of them have gone tobacco-free. On Friday, representatives from about 35 Massachusetts colleges gathered at the University of Massachusetts Medical School for a symposium on banning tobacco products on their campuses. "It really ticks me off to see the number of young people smoking," said UMass Medical Chancellor Dr. Michael F. Collins. The campus banned tobacco products on campus in 2008. "It wasn't easy, but it was the right thing to do," he said.

LETTER: CHA is committed to smoking ban outreach
Cambridge Chronicle - October 22, 2013

As Public Health Intern for the Cambridge Housing Authority I wanted to respond to the October. 9th article: “Council pushes back on smoking ban.” I thank the ...

Editorial: Smart steps against smoking in Valley's public housing
GazetteNET - October 21, 2013

In fact, ever since 2005, when Maine became the first state to ban smoking in all of its ... The city of Boston has banned smoking at all 64 of its public housing sites, and last ... In their view, smoking bans unfairly target powerless public housing ... Banning smoking in public housing is another step, a bold step that should be ...

New Wakefield Business Focuses On e-Cigarettes
Patch.com - October 18, 2013

Bleauvelt acknowledges that nicotine is addictive in any form, but also credits electronic cigarettes with having helped one of his brothers kick a 50-year smoking ...

Letter: Protecting the health of our community
Wicked Local - October 17, 2013

Tobacco free pharmacies allow state licensed pharmacists to provide health information and services without the conflict of interest posed by concurrent tobacco ...

Westborough health board tackles tobacco regulations
MetroWest Daily News - October 16, 2013

A ban on the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors is among some of the changes proposed to Westborough's tobacco regulations. The Board of Health ...

Lighting up at BU
Daily Free Press (subscription) - October 15, 2013

Using a rechargeable lithium battery, e-cigarettes provide users with nicotine through 'vaping,' which is the vaporization of a liquid solution. An LED light on the ...

Melrose tackles e-cigarette trend
Wicked Local - October 11, 2013

Melrose, Mass. Local, state and federal officials are all working to address an increasingly popular product electronic cigarettes.

GUEST OPINION: Demand for smoke-free multi-unit housing on the ...
Fall River Herald News - October 10, 2013

The market demand for smoke-free multi-unit housing is on the rise in Massachusetts. A growing number of Massachusetts property owners and managers across the market spectrum support the trend, including municipal housing authorities in New Bedford, Taunton and Fairhaven; they recognize that going smoke free makes tenants healthier, properties safer and can save them money.

Adams Nearing Completion of Revamped Smoking Bylaws
iBerkshires.com - October 10, 2013

ADAMS, Mass. Two and a half years after the Board of Health first identified shortfalls in the town's tobacco laws, new policies are now just months away.

Marblehead set to join towns banning e-cigarettes
Boston Globe - October 10, 2013

Public health officials in cities and towns north of Boston are pushing for tough restrictions on the sale and use of electronic cigarettes, as new studies show the high-tech tobacco substitutes are becoming increasingly popular among youth. In Marblehead, the towns Board of Health has proposed a raft of new regulations that would outlaw the sale of e-cigarettes to children under 18 and prohibit their use in bars, restaurants, and public buildings, among other restrictions .. To date, at least 86 towns and cities in Massachusetts have approved restrictions on the use and sale of e-cigarettes, according to the state Department of Public Healths tobacco control program.

Adams Board of Health close to approval of tobacco regulations
North Adams Transcript - October 10, 2013

ADAMS -- The Board of Health moved closer Wednesday to finalizing draft regulations that would ban the sale of tobacco in pharmacies and restrict the sale of tobacco-related products to minors. The board is still seeking clarification on one clause in the proposal, but has otherwise agreed on the new regulation. It hopes to receive legal advice by its next meeting on Nov. 6 and approve the proposal. The board will subsequently schedule a public hearing for community input.

Sudbury Board of Health passes new tobacco regulations
MetroWest Daily News - October 10, 2013

SUDBURY The Board of Health Tuesday night passed new tobacco regulations for the town that will prohibit the sale of tobacco products at local pharmacies. The new guidelines, which the board developed with the help of the Massachusetts Health Officers Association's Tobacco Control Program, will go into effect at the start of next year. They still must be officially signed by board members at their next meeting in November.

Council pushes back on smoking ban at Cambridge Housing Authority
Cambridge Chronicle - October 9, 2013

More than a week after the Cambridge Housing Authority (CHA) voted to ban smoking inside public housing, the Cambridge City Council is asking the board to reconsider the process for implementation a request the CHAs legal counsel said they are not inclined to do. The council voted Monday, Oct. 7, to go on record strongly urging the CHA to reopen the decision to implement a ban on smoking inside CHA properties scheduled to go into effect Aug. 1, 2014. As possible compromises, Vice Mayor Denise Simmons suggested the authority form a committee of residents to monitor implementation or house smoking residents in one building. ...

LETTER: CHA 'kommissars' pass smoking ban in Cambridge
Cambridge Chronicle - October 9, 2013

Cambridge - On Sept. 25, the Cambridge Housing Authority Board of Commissioners voted to prohibit tenants from smoking in their apartments. The meeting was filled with tenants wearing lapel labels indicating opposition to a smoking ban.

Pharmacies in Adams could lose right to sell smokes
North Adams Transcript - October 4, 2013

Pharmacies in Adams could lose right to sell smokes. By Adam Shanks, North ... The association is also against the sale of e-cigarettes to minors. "[The] current ...

Clearing the smoke: A challenge to CP and SGA
Vanguard Online (subscription) - October 3, 2013

How many times have you walked through the entrance of a campus building and been overwhelmed by the smell of cigarette smoke? How many areas do you avoid during your walking commute so that you dont inhale careless smokers secondhand smoke? Have you ever thought, How come no one enforces the smoking policy on campus?

Woburn bans electronic cigarettes
Wicked Local- Woburn - October 2, 2013

Smoking electronic cigarettes is legally equivalent to smoking tobacco in Woburn as of Oct. 1. The Woburn City Council passed an ordinance this week prohibiting use of the high-tech tobacco substitute in public buildings and many retail businesses.

Mass. bill would tighten rules for e-cigarettes
Businessweek - October 2, 2013

BOSTON (AP) Attorney General Martha Coakley and a group representing Massachusetts physicians urged lawmakers on Tuesday to regulate the sale and use of electronic cigarettes.

Smolder the Smoking Ban
Harvard Crimson - October 2, 2013

Last week, the commissioners on the Cambridge Housing Authority voted 3-1 to ban smoking in public housing buildings, forcing low-income residents to leave the privacy of their own homes before they light up. Public housing buildings are owned by the government, and the governmentand that means taxpayershas the right to make the right to live in public housing conditional upon certain stipulations. That said, this is a serious infringement on the liberty of those who rely on taxpayer assistance for housing.

Legislature considers restrictions on e-cigarettes
The Patriot Ledger - October 1, 2013

The federal government shutdown that began Tuesday morning will slow down Food and Drug Administration regulations for e-cigarettes, originally planned to be released Oct. 31, Attorney General Martha Coakley predicted Tuesday when testifying before lawmakers contemplating restrictions for the unregulated products.

Lenox public housing becomes smoke-free starting Tuesday
Berkshire Eagle - September 30, 2013

Joyner says the Lenox ban affects 146 people living in 122 units, a large majority ... isn't surprised public housing is the latest entity to implement smoking bans.

Regulations may tighten on popular e-cigarettes
Fitchburg (MA) Sentinel & Enterprise - September 29, 2013

No Massachusetts regulations are yet in effect either, but state Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez, a Boston Democrat, filed a bill last month that would ban the sale of e-cigarettes to minors and add them to smoking bans in workplaces. States often lead the way on ...

Amidst Opposition, Cambridge Housing Authority Bans Smoking in ...
Harvard Crimson - September 27, 2013

Amidst Opposition, Cambridge Housing Authority Bans Smoking in Public Housing ... Cambridge Housing Authority commissioners voted 3-1 Wednesday to ban ...

Nanny-staters puffed up
Boston Herald-by Michael Graham - September 27, 2013

Smoking has been banned. The new policy ... As a result, the smoking ban will take effect as scheduled, while the tech tax is being repealed even as we speak.

Rep. Paul Brodeur: Protecting minors from e-cigarettes
Wicked Local- Melrose - September 27, 2013

State Rep. Paul Brodeur, D-Melrose, represents the 32nd Middlesex District, which includes all of Melrose and portions of Wakefield and Malden.

Cambridge Housing Authority bans smoking in its buildings
Boston (MA) Globe - September 26, 2013

Over objections that they would be forcing elderly smokers out into the cold, Cambridge Housing Authority commissioners voted Wednesday to ban smoking in their buildings, joining Boston and other cities that are snuffing out cigarettes in public housing.

Should Youths Be Allowed to Buy E-Cigarettes?
Patch.com - September 25, 2013

There are no federal age restrictions on e-cigarettes and no rules about ... federal regulators to ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and stop e-cigarette ..

City needs to weigh casino's drawbacks
Boston Globe - September 23, 2013

State and Boston officials never bothered to do an independent cost-benefit analysis of the impact of casinos. Independent researchers have clearly demonstrated a high correlation between increases in the availability of gambling and increases in crime, suicides, domestic violence, child abuse, youth gambling, poverty, debt, bankruptcy, recidivism, alcoholism, smoking, incarcerations, and a wide range of emotional and behavioral problems disproportionately affecting minorities, returning veterans, the elderly, people with low incomes, the formerly incarcerated, people with less education, and teens. These studies clearly determined costs outweighed benefits by about 3 to 1.

Medford city officials ban hookah bars
Wickedlocal-Med Ford - September 23, 2013

While Medford city officials will be working during the next six months to figure out where to put medical marijuana dispensaries, they have banned hookah bars. On Sept. 10, the Medford City Council approved a new ordinance banning hookah bars, or tobacco-smoking bars, from setting up shop within Medford's borders.

Editorial: Board exceeds mandate with tobacco ban
Metro West Daily News (Framingham, MA) - September 22, 2013

That line was breached last week by the Ashland Board of Health, which decided that while 18 is the legal age to purchase tobacco products in the rest of the state, you've got to be 21 to purchase smokes in Ashland. ...

Community colleges' casino training efforts draw little interest
SouthCoastToday.com - September 22, 2013

The state's community colleges are ramping up to provide a trained workforce when casinos open in Massachusetts, but so far, at least in this corner of the state, students aren't ready to ante up. While Cape Cod Community College is offering a class in casino management to 13 students this fall, BCC canceled two casino related courses for lack of interested students, and no one is currently enrolled in online courses in blackjack and poker dealing offered by Massasoit Community College.

Editorial: Nanny government identifies a new target
Eagle-Tribune - September 9, 2013

But there is no such evidence that the vapor exhaled by those who smoke e-cigarettes poses any health risks whatsoever. Banning smokers of electronic ...

Legislation would ban sale to minors
Eagle-Tribune - September 7, 2013

It's against the law for minors to buy and use tobacco products in Massachusetts, and if new legislation is passed, electronic cigarettes will be snuffed out for them, too.

LETTER: Letter writers carry on a tradition of biased 'data'
Wicked Local - September 5, 2013

Cambridge The writers of the letter, CHA should be commended for proposed smoking ban, carry on a tradition of presenting biased data, freedom from public counterargument and smug self-satisfaction. It seems to me that their support of a smoking ban, in public housing where they probably do not reside, is motivated less by public health concerns than by a sanctimonious intolerance of other peoples bad habits and a refusal to accommodate the slightest offense to their own nostrils.

Cambridge Housing Authority to consider updated smoking ban ...
Wicked Local - September 5, 2013

In response to comments from residents, Cambridge Housing Authority (CHA) staff members plan to present a new proposal to the board Sept. 11 to eliminate smoking in and around its buildings. Kevin Braga, deputy director of operations for CHA, said the board will not vote on the proposal Sept. 11 but will receive an updated proposal from staff, which he said would be posted online by Friday, Sept. 6. The original proposal called for a smoking ban to be implemented as early as Jan. 1, 2014, that would have imposed harsh fines and the possibility of eviction if residents didnt comply and would have asked residents to sign an addendum to their leases by October. Braga said the timeline has been moved back to an implementation date of August 2014, if the board votes to approve the policy. There is no date set for the vote, Braga said, but they could vote by the end of September or any time after.

Adams Health Officials Closer To New Smoking Rules
iBerkshires.com - September 4, 2013

ADAMS, Mass. The Board of Health is inching closer to establishing tougher smoking regulations. The board took up smoking regulations last year to combat what it sees as an expanding tobacco market particularly with the growth of popularity with electronic cigarettes, small cigarillos and flavored products. On Wednesday, the members again reviewed the work they began with a draft crafted by D.J. Wilson, the tobacco control director for the Massachusetts Municipal Association. With just three questions outstanding, the board hopes to hold a public hearing in the coming months before presenting them for adoption. The biggest question is banning the sale of tobacco products from health organizations and pharmacies. Member Allen Mendel said he was concerned about implementing a ban because Big Y has a pharmacy and could lose its ability to sell them. However, board members did agree that they want to implement bans on smoking in town-owned parks, beaches and playgrounds but stopped short of banning smoking from all municipal properties. Instead, they are looking to implement a 15-foot buffer zone from any municipal building. The board considered banning smoking from all municipal property but that could include sidewalks, which Mendel said "was going too far." "Nobody should have to walk through a cloud of smoke to get to the front door of a property," Chairwoman Patricia Clairmont said, later agreeing that 15-feet should be sufficient for somebody to walk around a smoker to access the building. The board also opted against banning smoking in private clubs, citing that there is only one private club that allows smoking now and it is not a problem.

LETTER: CHA should be commended for proposed smoking ban
Cambridge Chronicle - September 1, 2013

This letter is in response to the Aug. 8, article, Cambridge Housing Authority looks to ban smoking in public housing, and other smoking ban opinions. While Massachusetts smoke-free workplace law protects people in the workplace, multi-unit housing residents are exposed to secondhand smoke in their homes. The most vulnerable children, seniors and people with disabilities with respiratory challenges are least able to escape secondhand smoke.

OUR OPINION: Rational policy for e-cigarettes
The Patriot Ledger - August 27, 2013

The growing popularity of e-cigarettes raises two issues for policymakers one of them simple, the other more complicated.

Tobacco firms, regulators take notice of e-cigarettes
The Patriot Ledger - August 27, 2013

The process replaces the smoke and smell that accompany traditional cigarettes with an odorless ... Some cities and towns are considering local restrictions.

Smoking Banned at 6 Properties in Northborough
Patch.com - August 23, 2013

As part of an evolving set of smoking regulations instituted in the town of Northborough, Health Agent Jamie ... Violators of the new smoking ban may face fines.

E-smokes booming
wickedlocal.com/chelmsford - August 23, 2013

Nationwide, sales of electronic cigarettes have already topped $1 billion in 2013. Local public health directors and lawmakers anticipate regulations from the ...

Winchester regs limit sales to minors
Wicked Local - August 22, 2013

Winchester, MA While most Massachusetts communities do not restrict the sale of electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, to minors, Winchester has banned the sale of the devices to persons under 18 since last year.

E-cigarettes targeted for state regulation
The Arlington Advocate - August 22, 2013

Twelve states have passed legislation restricting e-cigarette sales in some way, ... restricting sales to minors, Sanchez's legislation adds definitions for tobacco ...

Smoking banned on six Northborough properties
MetroWest Daily News - August 22, 2013

NORTHBOROUGH The Board of Health last week banned smoking or the use of any tobacco product at several marquee town properties. The Town Hall, senior center, library, police and fire stations and DPW garage are now tobacco-free zones, Health Agent Jamie Terry said, enforceable by a $100 fine

For Marblehead, e-cigarette regulations may be near
Marblehead Reporter - August 21, 2013

The liquid solutions in e-cigarettes can range from flavored chemicals to nicotine. ... The subsection will be added at a time when three major tobacco companies ...

Legislators aim to bar e-cigarette sales to minors
MetroWest Daily News - August 19, 2013

NATICK Appearing on the Late Show, sassy actress Katherine Heigl puffed an electronic cigarette as she told David Letterman it had helped her kick a smoking habit and live healthier since becoming a mother. Rather than applauding, Tami Gouveia, executive director of Tobacco Free Mass, is cheering a new bill to prohibit sale of e-cigarettes and other "nicotine-delivery devices to anyone under 18 in Massachusetts.

Adams Board of Health To Revisit Smoking Regulations
iBerkshires.com - August 14, 2013

ADAMS, Mass. The Board of Health will once again look to craft tobacco restrictions after previous progress was halted because of the loss of a member...

Newton Public Housing Goes Smoke-Free
Patch.com - August 19, 2013

"Such a policy protects residents from secondhand smoke," a press release reads. "Because smoke drifts between units and cannot be contained, the only ...

State bill would tamp down e-cigs
Boston Herald - August 14, 2013

Puffing electronic cigarettes would be illegal in most public places across the Bay State including restaurants and bars under a Beacon Hill bill rolled out ...

Mass. bill would ban e-cigarette sales to minors
My Fox Boston - August 13, 2013

BOSTON (AP) - Children and teens would be banned from buying electronic cigarettes under a bill being proposed on Beacon Hill. The bill would restrict the sale of any tobacco or nicotine delivery product to minors and prohibit use of the products on public school grounds. The bill would also apply existing state public and workplace smoking bans to electronic cigarette use and restrict the distribution of product samples.

E-cigarettes dodge ban in Mass. town's underage smoking law
Boston Business Journal (blog - August 13, 2013

Starting in January, teenagers in Canton, Mass., will no longer be able to buy cigarettes and other tobacco and nicotine products. So-called e-cigarettes dodged a proposed ban in the town, but may still be available to buyers under 21. Canton had made headlines with a proposal that would have banned the sale of electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes. Largely unregulated, the relatively new products vaporize nicotine for inhalation.

Canton raises age to buy tobacco products, doesn't ban e-cigarettes
The Patriot Ledger - August 13, 2013

Electronic cigarettes, otherwise known as e-cigarettes, dodged a ban, however, after residents and advocates voiced their support for the product as a viable ...

Medway Board of Health considers tobacco age rise, ban
Milford Daily News - August 13, 2013

MENDON - The Board of Health at its Monday night meeting discussed the June 10 public hearing that involved raising the age of tobacco sales in town and potentially banning the sale of tobacco products in pharmacies. Currently, more than a dozen towns have raised the age to 21, including Sharon, Canton, Dover, Needham and Arlington. Westwood and Walpole have lifted the age to 19.

Canton board may ban electronic cigarettes
The Patriot Ledger - August 12, 2013

CANTON Canton could become the first community in the country to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes.

Controversial outdoor smoking ban
WWLP 22News - August 9, 2013

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) - Smoking bans have doubled across the country in the last five years. 22News talked to students at UMass Amherst, where there is no smoking allowed on campus, to see how the smoking ban works for them.

Cambridge Housing Authority looks to ban smoking in public housing
Cambridge Chronicle - August 7, 2013

Beginning in January, over 2,500 tenants living on Cambridge Housing Authority (CHA) property may no longer be allowed to smoke in their homes or face fines or even eviction if the board approves the plan in August. The CHA proposed an addendum to the leases on all its public housing buildings that, if approved, would ban smoking in all CHA properties in January 2014.The Board of Commissioners voted 3-1 in favor of the policy in May, and then scheduled a public comment period that ends this Friday, Aug. 9.

LETTER: Regarding the smoking ban in all CHA Housing
Cambridge Chronicle - August 6, 2013

Editor's Note: This letter was addressed and sent to the Cambridge Housing Authority's Board of Commissioners. The public comment period for the Cambridge ...

Dighton adopts regulation to put electronic cigarettes under umbrella of tobacco products
Taunton Daily Gazette - August 6, 2013

DIGHTON Falling in line with 75 other communities across the state, Dighton adopted its own public health regulations on electronic cigarette and other modern nicotine delivery devices. That means electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes for short, must be kept on display behind the counter of every Dighton store that sells them, along with the packs of cigarettes and loose tobacco. Now, in all public places in Dighton where smoking is prohibited, so is the use of nicotine delivery devices like e-cigarettes, a town board of health official said.

Amherst board bans sale of cigarettes at pharmacies, regulates sale of e-cigarettes
MassLive.com - August 5, 2013

While there are just two CVS pharmacies in town, the new regulations also ban the use of nicotine delivery products or e-cigarettes wherever smoking is banned ...

Youth tobacco regulations take effect in Sept.
Wicked Local - August 2, 2013

FALMOUTH The Falmouth Board of Health recently held a public hearing to consider enhanced youth access to tobacco regulations. The board last updated its youth access regulations in 2005.

Amherst board of health restricts tobacco sales
WSHM-TV - August 1, 2013

It will soon be more difficult to buy cigarettes in town, as the board of health passed new rules on Wednesday as to what businesses can sell tobacco.

Cambridge moves closer to smoking ban in public parks
The Arlington Advocate - July 30, 2013

Cambridge - A year after councilors proposed limiting the size of sodas sold in restaurants, the Cambridge City Council is considering an anti-smoking initiative that would ban smoking in public parks and prohibit the sale of tobacco products in pharmacies. The City Council voted Monday, July 29, to refer the draft language to the Ordinance Committee for further review and input by stakeholders while several residents blasted the council for what they called a war on the lower class. …

Mass. gamblers drawn to RI casino
Capecodonline - July 25, 2013

Twin River does have something Massachusetts can't give its gamblers: a place to smoke and gamble at the same time. Even the tribe, which doesn't have to abide by the state's Expanded Gaming Act, has agreed to make its casinos smoke-free. Smoking is a challenge, but I think there are more people out there today who don't smoke, Cromwell said. We've agreed to smoke-free facility, but we will have areas where they can step outside.

I-Team: Boston Housing Authority Not Enforcing Smoking Ban
CBS Local - July 24, 2013

BOSTON (CBS) A year ago the Boston Housing Authority made headlines when it banned smoking at all of its properties, but the I-Team found the tough new ...

3Qs: What to know about Northeastern's smoke- free policy
News@Northeastern - July 22, 2013

The Northeastern community will start to see new signage about the policy in the next couple of weeks. That goes for all our campuses, including Seattle and Charlotte, N.C. Ashtrays will also be removed. In addition, were educating our incoming students during their summer orientation and holding a series of trainings for faculty and staff. We look forward to helping people understand the parameters of the policy, which we know may take a little time.

Needham tightens tobacco regulations
Needham Times - July 17, 2013

... its tobacco regulations to restrict the sale cheap cigars and limit youth access to ... be 21 years of age to purchase a nicotine delivery product like an e-cigarette. ... of e-cigarettes, banning them in workplaces just as tobacco use is banned.

Needham officials scale back marijuana fine proposal
Needham Times - July 17, 2013

It makes sense to have the same rules from the point of view of public safety.” ... Officials are scaling back proposed fines for consuming marijuana in public.

Needham Marijuana Regulations Still Being Shaped
Patch.com - July 17, 2013

Marijuana is decriminalized in the state of Massachusetts, which means that being caught with an ounce of pot can hit you with a civil fine of $100. However, another element of the marijuana bylaws being considered is a fine for public smoking of the plant. Selectman Matthews explained that the fine is intended to mirror similar bylaws the town already has in place regarding drinking alcohol in public. He explained that those laws were in response to softball games a number of years ago, where drinking took place, which later became problematic. These problems disappeared after the bylaws went into effect.

Sales of tobacco to minors decline ($$)
Boston.com - July 14, 2013

The results in fiscal year 2012 prompted the city to ban the sale of tobacco products at pharmacies and require a minimum price of $2.50 for cigars in an effort to reduce youth tobacco purchases.

E-cigarettes may have a place just not with minors
Boston Globe - July 12, 2013

ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES have the potential to improve public health if adults use them instead of regular tobacco but not if they end up hooking young people on nicotine. Unfortunately, the ambiguous regulatory status of so-called e-cigarettes makes it possible for manufacturers to run marketing campaigns clearly aimed at young Americans. If federal regulators cant or wont make sure these products dont end up creating more smokers than they cure, states like Massachusetts should.

Boston Embraces E-Cigs
NACS Online - July 12, 2013

BOSTON Boston retailers are rushing to sell electronic cigarettes, the Boston Globe wrote earlier this week, motivated by Lorillard which has been offering ...

Needham Times editorial: Have your say on pot
Needham Times - July 11, 2013

May Town Meeting also addressed marijuana use in public areas, and referred back to selectmen a proposal that would have increased fines for both the public consumption of marijuana and the public consumption of alcohol.

Needham selectmen to hold hearing on marijuana
Needham Times - July 11, 2013

In May, Annual Town Meeting voted to refer Article 23, Amend General By-Law Marijuana Consumption on Public Property, back to the Board of Selectmen for further study. A public hearing regarding the proposed bylaw to regulate consumption of medical marijuana on public property and the potential location for medical marijuana dispensaries will be held at the Board of Selectmen meeting on Tuesday, July 16, at 7:30 p.m. at Needham Town Hall in Powers Hall, 1471 Highland Ave ...

Tobacco Sales to Minors 'Greatly Reduced' in 2013
Malden (MA) Patch - July 9, 2013

City efforts to reduce the sales of tobacco and related products to minors have yielded "encouraging results," the Malden Board of Health reported this week. Such sales have "greatly decreased" since the board passed new rules last December, including a sales ban in pharmacies, hookah bars and new regulations for cigar packaging and pricing.

Share Your Thoughts on Needham's Marijuana Bylaws
Needham (MA) Patch.com - July 9, 2013

How do you think the town should handle people smoking pot? Town Meeting voted to refer the item back to the Board of Selectmen for further study. The Board will hold a public hearing about medical marijuana use around town, according to an announcement on the Town website. The July 16, 7:30 p.m. hearing will focus on the bylaws concerning use and consumption of the smokable around town, as well as possible locations for a dispensary in town.

Editorial: Smokers at UMass Amherst starting to feel the heat
MassLive.com - July 9, 2013

Folks now understand that quitting smoking is the one sure-fire way to improve ... Public-service advertisements, restrictions on tobacco ads and a host of other ...

UMass smoking ban begins without fanfare
MassLive.com - July 1, 2013

Smoking is banned throughout campus and in vehicles as well. Enforcement currently is the honor system. At this point we're trying to ease into the ban to see ...

Editorial: We've come a long way in fight against smoking
MassLive.com - July 1, 2013

Smoking is out. Its out in workplaces. Its out at more and more restaurants and bars. Its out of most peoples homes. And its out in another way, too in the sense of whats cool and what isnt, whats accepted and whats shunned.

UMass Amherst Set to Go Smoke - Free Monday
BostInno - June 30, 2013

The University of Massachusetts-Amherst will join more than 1,100 campuses nationwide on Monday when it implements a policy to go smoke-free.

UMass Amherst campus to join 1100 other campuses becoming smoke-free
MassLive.com - June 29, 2013

More than 1,100 campuses have already enacted a smoke-free policy, according to the Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights website. Among them is Holyoke Community College, which became smoke-free last August.

Board of Health Restricts E-Cigaretts Sales and Use
Foxborough Patch.com - June 28, 2013

The Board of Health this week approved a new ban on the sales of e-cigarettes to minors and to prohibit the use of the devices anywhere smoking is prohibited ...

Town bans electronic cigarette sales to minors
Foxboro Reporter - June 27, 2013

The board of health on Monday voted to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors in Foxboro, and to prohibit anyone's use of the controversial devices ...

Should e-cigs be included in tax increase?
WWLP 22News - June 25, 2013

But several people from Western Massachusetts say the legislation includes electronic cigarettes, which have helped them quit smoking. They say people who ...

Officials: Municipalities Should Have Power to Ban Smoking Medical ...
Boston magazine's Boston Daily (blog) - June 17, 2013

Officials: Municipalities Should Have Power to Ban Smoking Medical ... up the drug in designated areas, much like cigarette smoking bans on certain properties.

Week in Review: Arlington to Mull Banning Smoking in Workplaces ...
Patch.com - June 16, 2013

Arlington to Mull Banning Smoking in Workplaces, Public Spaces: The news comes a month after the town voted to raise the cigarette-buying age to 21 over the ...

Amherst Board of Health looking to ban cigarette sales in pharmacies
MassLive.com - June 11, 2013

The Amherst Board of Health is considering banning the sale of cigarettes at ... Overall, 63 communities have banned these sales, said D.J. Wilson, tobacco ...

Arlington to Mull Banning Smoking in Workplaces, Public Spaces
Patch.com - June 11, 2013

The Arlington Board of Health will consider Wednesday, June 19, banning smoking in all workplaces and public spaces in town. Last month, the board passed new tobacco regulations that, among other steps, will raise the minimum age to buy cigarettes in town from 18 to 21 over the next two years. On June 19, the board will discuss adopting Regulations Prohibiting Smoking in Workplaces and Public Places (attached). Public places include town-owned parks, playgrounds, athletic fields, beaches and swimming areas.

Mass. high court partially overturns landmark tobacco case award
Boston (MA) Globe - June 11, 2013

The states highest court has partially overturned a landmark verdict against Lorillard Tobacco Co. that alleged the company designed cigarettes solely to attract younger smokers, addicting a Boston woman who later died of lung cancer. The Supreme Judicial Court upheld the award of compensatory damages to the womans son and her estate, but struck down the award of punitive damages.

Two towns ban public marijuana use
Boston Globe - June 9, 2013

Smoking marijuana on the street or in the park could soon become an expensive proposition in Norwood and Walpole, even for those with a legal right to possess the drug. At their recent town meetings, the two communities adopted bylaws banning the public consumption of marijuana including by those who are authorized to use medical marijuana under the state law adopted by voters last year.

Hingham Board of Health to discuss additional smoking bans ($$)
Boston.com - June 7, 2013

Amid a reevaluation of smoking regulations, Hinghams Board of Health may ban smoking on all town beaches and cemeteries. The discussion, set to begin on June 20, is mainly to create regulations for the smoking of marijuana; however, additional restrictions have been put on the table for discussion. Poll: Should smoking be banned ...

Students smoking ban gets a green light in Chatham
Wicked Local - June 3, 2013

Rachel Barnes' eighth grade civics class successfully lobbied selectmen to ban smoking at public beaches and parks. Front row, from left, Kaya McKray, Sam ...

Rite-Aid takes action on smoke sales
North Andover Citizen - June 2, 2013

North Andover An effort by the Board of Health to curb the sale of cigarettes to minors has gained traction with a national chain of pharmacies.

POLL: Protect 'Little Lungs' with smoking-in-cars ban?
Wicked Local (MA) - May 27, 2013

The Massachusetts Legislature is currently considering a bill, dubbed "an act to protect little lungs" that would make it illegal to smoke while driving or riding in a vehicle with a child young enough to be required to ride in a safety seat. ...

Readers React to 'Smoke-Free' Breaks
Patch.com - May 26, 2013

Earlier this week, Jamaica Plain Patch posted a story about a business owner on Centre Street who, through a neighborhood anti-litter campaign, suggested employees of JP businesses take a "smoke-free" break. (To clarify: Her committee is trying to encourage people to properly dispose of cigarettes once finished, not to refrain from smoking as the original article suggests.) ...

Rite Aid takes step to discourage tobacco sales
Eagle-Tribune - May 24, 2013

NORTH ANDOVER Rather than dropping a hammer, the Board of Health is trying a collaborative approach to discourage tobacco sales, especially to young people. Board of Health Chairman Dr. Thomas Trowbridge announced last night that Rite Aid, of 525 Turnpike St., has installed opaque doors that obscure its display of cigarettes. The company took this measure in response to a letter the board sent to all local pharmacies asking them to consider discontinuing the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products. Last year, the board debated whether to order a ban against tobacco sales at pharmacies.

Doctors group: Ban sale of tobacco in hospitals
AP - Associated Press - May 22, 2013

The Massachusetts Medical Society offered testimony Tuesday at a Beacon Hill hearing by the Legislature's Joint Committee on Public Health. The bill would not only prohibit hospitals and clinics from selling cigarettes and other tobacco products, it would...

Independence Mall to celebrate one-year anniversary as tobacco-free property ($$)
The Patriot Ledger - May 21, 2013

Independence Mall will be celebrating its one year anniversary being a 100 percent tobacco-free property from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, May 31 in Macy's Court at ...

Norwood bans smoking pot in public places
Norwood Bulletin - May 16, 2013

NORWOOD While possession of under an ounce of marijuana is decriminalized to a $100 citation, people caught smoking pot in public in Norwood could face criminal charges. People with a medical condition alleviated by marijuana dont have to smoke it publically, police chief Bill Brooks said.

Officials push for smoke-free living
WWLP 22News - May 16, 2013

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) - Only one public housing district in Hampshire County is smoke-free and it's in Easthampton. Now, public health officials are pushing for smoke free living.

Bill proposes smoke-free autos for kids
Attleboro (MA) Sun Chronicle - May 15, 2013

They got to talking, and decided if Heroux got elected he would re-introduce an old bill banning cigarette smoking in cars when there are young children present. Heroux was elected last November, filed the bill in January and Tuesday the Joint Committee

Northeastern Campus to Go 'Smoke Free' with New Smoking Ban
Patch.com - May 15, 2013

On Monday, Northeastern University announced it would adopt a smoke-free policty to ... and Wheelock already have both an indoor and outdoor smoking ban.

New Wampanoag casino design released
Cape Cod Today-May 15, 2013

... Poirier's bill (H 2710) would entitle consumers to a return of the sales tax between 30 and 90 days after a purchase, or 90 days ...

'Little lungs' bill would ban smoking in vehicles with children
Lowell (MA) Sun - May 14, 2013

Smokers who drive with children in their vehicles would no longer be able to light up, under legislation being considered by lawmakers on the Public Health Committee. Rep. Paul Heroux, a freshman representative from Attleboro, wants to make it illegal to ...

Foxborough's Board of Health Considering Changes to Town's Tobacco Regulations
Patch.org - May 14, 2013

“They need some tightening up,” said Foxborough Health Director Pauline Clifford. “We’re having a hearing on June 24. We’ll discuss it that night, listen for public comment and could adopt it that evening."

Butt Out: Local Luxury Condos Go Smoke-Free
BostInno (blog) - May 14, 2013

Slowly but surely, Boston luxury condo buildings have been snuffing out smoking tenants, demanding they clean up their act or take it on the road. In 2012, the Boston Globe reported that the Hub's largest condo complex, Harbor Towers, was banning smoking "in all common areas inside the two, 40-story luxury high rises, virtually all outside areas, and within each unit" -- so, yeah, everywhere. This March the Lowell Sun brought to light a proposed bill by Rep. Jennifer Lunenburg that would ban smoking in apartments and condos, but not single-family homes, contended to be "a natural extension" against the Massachusetts law against smoking in public. Second hand smoke, it's said, doesn't actually stay within a unit, seeping through walls and vents into other apartments and living spaces.

Northeastern to adopt smoke- free campus policy
News@Northeastern - May 14, 2013

After gathering information through diligent research and reviewing feedback from hundreds of Northeastern community members, a committee comprising students, faculty, and staff has recommended that the university adopt a campuswide smoke- free policy. The committee submitted its recommendation to the universitys senior leadership team and is currently developing a comprehensive implementation plan for the policy, which will go into effect this fall.

Main Head
The Spectator May 1, 2013

SOMERSET Marilyn Edge, the town's tobacco control coordinator, asked the Board of Health last Wednesday to consider changes in Somerset's tobacco regulations, including not allowing pharmacies to sell tobacco products. Of the 13 communities where Ms. Edge is the tobacco control coordinator, she said seven have banned the sale of tobacco at pharmacies. She said in one town where there was not a regulation banning tobacco from pharmacies, citizens got a petition going and a pharmacy in that town decided to not sell tobacco anymore because of that concern from the community.

Weymouth firefighter fired for smoking loses appeal
Quincy (MA) Patriot Ledger - April 26, 2013

The state has rejected the appeal filed by a Weymouth firefighter after the town fired him for smoking. ...

Health director: More fines on way if Saugus tobacco shop reopens
Lynn (MA) Daily Item - April 26, 2013

The MYO Smokers Club in Saugus was shut down by the board of health but then re-opened after town officials allegedly did not show up for a hearing. ...

Nguyen, K.H.; Wright, R.J.; Sorensen, G.; Subramanian, S.V., "Association between local indoor smoking ordinances in Massachusetts and cigarette smoking during pregnancy: a multilevel analysis," Tobacco Control 22(3): 184-189, May 2013.

Objective To estimate the association between local clean indoor air ordinances and prenatal maternal smoking across 351 municipalities in Massachusetts before the 2004 statewide ban and to test the effect of time since ordinance adoption on the association.

Methods The authors linked 2002 birth certificate data of women who gave birth in the state and reported a Massachusetts residence (n=67 584) to a database of indoor smoking ordinances in all municipalities. Multilevel regression models accounting for individual- and municipality-level variables estimate the associations between the presence of local smoking ordinances, strength of the ordinances, time since ordinance adoption and prenatal smoking.

Results Compared with those living in municipalities with no ordinances, women living in municipalities with a smoking ordinance had lower odds of prenatal smoking (OR=0.72, CI=0.53 to 0.98). No effect was found for 100% smoke-free ordinances. For the analyses testing the effect of time, pregnant women living in municipalities with ordinances enacted >2 years were less likely to smoke than those in municipalities with more recent (<1 year) ordinances.

Conclusions Preventing smoking among women of reproductive age is a public health priority. This study suggests that indoor smoking ordinances were associated with lower prenatal smoking prevalence and the favourable effect increased over time. Findings highlight the public health benefit of tobacco control policies.

NYC Looks to Small Boston Suburb for Cigarette Sale Restrictions
WNYC - April 23, 2013

As New York City considers changing the legal at which residents can buy cigarettes, officials in the small Massachusetts town that was first in the nation to raise the legal age for purchasing cigarettes from 18 to 21 says the law has helped push down teen smoking rates. Janice Berns, the director of public health in Needham, Mass., told WNYC that high school students in her town who said they had smoked in the past month went from 13.5 percent in 2006 to 5.5 percent in 2012. ...

Sudbury Board of Health to look at updating tobacco regulations
MetroWest Daily News - April 16, 2013

SUDBURY The Board of Health will be looking into updating its outdated tobacco regulations, after a resident brought the idea to its attention. Teresa Curran said she originally contacted the board to see if it would be willing to join the dozens of other communities in the state that have banned the sale of tobacco at pharmacies. After a discussion of the proposal at the board's meeting last Tuesday, however, members agreed to look more broadly at the town's entire set of tobacco regulations, which have not been updated since 1998, said Health Director Robert Leupold.

Medical marijuana proposal may change BU policy, rules
Daily Free Press (subscription) - April 4, 2013

Boston University’s policies toward the use of medical marijuana have yet to be decided, officials said Wednesday in response to the preliminary regulations for use of the drug released Friday by the Massachusetts Department of Health. … COM junior Mary Bell said students with cards should have a designated location on campus where they can use marijuana for medical purposes. “If you have a medical marijuana card, then you should be able to smoke somewhere on campus, but not in dorms,” she said. …

The Lowell Sun
The Sun - April 4, 2013

BAN THE BAN: On the smoking ban in condos: If I buy a condo, I own it; it's my right to do what I want with my property. … SMOKE NO JOKE: In regards to the smoking-in-houses ban: They should stop the smoking in all housing; there are a lot of elderly people living in housing who ...

Smoke Free sessions, Apr. 4
Watertown TAB & Press-April 3, 2013

The Watertown Health Department is co-sponsoring smoke-free housing information sessions Thursday, April 4, from noon to 1 p.m., 3 to 4 p.m., and 6:30 to 7:30 ...

Should Falmouth Ban Tobacco Sales in Pharmacies?
Patch.com-April 3, 2013

... ban tobacco sales at area pharmacies, according to the Falmouth Enterprise. The ban would include cigarettes, cigars, loose tobacco and even e-cigarettes ...

Falmouth Board of Health Considers Ban on Tobacco Sales in Pharmacies
CapeNews.net - April 2, 2013

Later this month, the public will get an opportunity to weigh in on a Falmouth Board of Health proposal to ban tobacco sales in pharmacies. “You have something ...

MetroWest coalition forming to take on tobacco
Wicked Local (MA) - March 31, 2013

Believing they are stronger together than they are separate, some MetroWest communities are looking to forge a coalition to discourage tobacco use in the region and better educate the public about the dangers of smoking. Local health officials said the ...

Youths pursue tobacco-free communities
Boston.com - March 31, 2013

Nineteen young people from Lynn were among more than 200 from across Massachusetts who recently converged on the State House to recognize the ...

Springfield expands smoking ban in public housing
WHDH-TV - March 30, 2013

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) -- The Springfield Housing Authority is expanding its ban on smoking to areas outside its properties, one year after the agency ordered residents and visitors to stop smoking inside its buildings. Massachusetts' third largest housing authority says the full smoking ban is effective Saturday. …

Should Smoking in Apartments Be Banned?
Patch.com-March 20, 2013

Would you support a ban on smoking in apartments? ... that banning residents from smoking in their own homes infringes on their rights, according to the paper.

Wampanoags agree to give state 15-21 percent of casino take
Herald News – March 20, 2013

The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe has agreed to pay the state between 15 percent and 21 percent of gross gaming revenue from a proposed casino in Taunton under a revised compact with the Patrick administration that features different revenue-sharing arrangements depending on whether the tribe has competitors to its proposed casino in southeastern Massachusetts.

Massachusetts bill would ban smoking in apartments
Worcester Telegram & Gazette - March 18, 2013

At 77, Robert B. Bowen said he would like to sell his three-bedroom home and move with his wife into an apartment. But the retired Lunenburg lawyer said it's no easy task since most apartments and condominiums allow smoking. “I can't move into an apartment because I'm severely allergic to cigarette smoke,” Mr. Bowen said. “Anybody who wants to smoke should move into a single-family home so they can have a great time for themselves.” For the past three legislative sessions, Mr. Bowen has had state Rep. Jennifer E. Benson, D-Lunenburg, file a bill that would limit smoking to detached single-family homes. The first two bills were recommended to be studied, or to die quietly. This time around, Mr. Bowen said, he hopes anti-smoking groups will help advocate for passage of the bill. But he said he isn't optimistic, because no one he has spoken with will help, including Ms. Benson, who filed the bill. … The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently completed the country's first research that estimates how many Americans live in multi-unit housing and are at risk of secondhand smoke. The research, released in December, indicates that between 27 million and 29 million Americans experience secondhand smoke infiltration in housing. And about 49,000 people die from secondhand smoke each year, mostly from heart disease and lung cancer. Thousands of cases of other health problems, including bronchitis, asthma, pneumonia and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, are also attributed to secondhand smoke. The CDC study found that 39.8 percent, or 2.6 million Massachusetts residents, live in multi-unit housing. While 2.1 million of them don't allow smoking in their homes, nearly one million still experience the infiltration of secondhand smoke into their apartments or condominiums. Smoke travels from one apartment to another through cracks, insulation, power outlets and HVAC systems. …

BCC campus to become smoke-free
North Adams Transcript - March 15, 2013

PITTSFIELD -- Berkshire Community College's (BCC) Board of Trustees has unanimously approved an initiative designed to make the campus smoke-free starting Aug. 1. …

The Global Tobacco/Smoking Threat
Boston.com - March 12, 2013

Oftentimes, it seems to me that tobacco and smoking prevention are yesterday's issues. Been there, done that. Sure, six million persons die every year globally due to smoking and secondhand smoke (about 440,000 in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention). Sure, when tobacco is used as intended, about half of smokers will die from causes directly related to its use. … A few weeks ago, I had the privilege to attend a conference sponsored by the Harvard School of Public Health and the World Health Organization called: Governance of Tobacco in the 21st Century: Strengthening National and International Policy for Global Health and Development. The Conference organizer was HSPH Professor Dr. Greg Connolly who started and ran the Tobacco Control Program at the Mass. Department of Public Health back in the 1990s and a guy born to drive tobacco company executives crazy. 35 nations were represented at the two-day conference held at Radcliffe on February 26-27. …

Lone holdout: Dennis refuses to issue tobacco licenses
Wicked Local - March 7, 2013

Dennis is the only Cape Cod town that has declined participation in the Cape Cod Regional Tobacco Control Program. Is the town’s board of health being lax in controlling sales to minors, or do health officials have a strong reason for declining to participate in the program? …

E-cigarette maker sets sights on Boston
Boston.com-March 6, 2013

Logic Technology, a manufacturer of electronic cigarettes, has decided to increase its presence in the Boston area. The company will be putting signs on taxi ...

EDIT: Tightening smoking restrictions
Daily Free Press (subscription)-March 6, 2013

Moreover, as dangerous a habit as smoking is, how far can the government go in restricting our right to choose what we put into our bodies? Does tobacco join ...

Morton Hospital free smoking cessation program starts Wednesday
Taunton Daily Gazette - March 4, 2013

… Morton Hospital also implemented a 100 percent smoke- and tobacco-free campus policy in April last year. …

Berkshire Community College to go smoke-free August 1
Berkshire Eagle - March 1, 2013

PITTSFIELD -- The Berkshire Community College board of trustees has unanimously agreed to make the campus smoke-free effective Aug. 1. Following in the footsteps of other colleges and universities in limiting people’s exposure to secondhand smoke, BCC students, faculty and staff won’t be allowed to smoke on BCC property, except for inside their cars. ...

UMass enacting campus-wide smoking ban on July 1
WWLP 22News – February 28, 2013

(WWLP) - UMass Amherst will soon be a smoke-free campus. Starting July 1, the university joins 1,129 campuses across the country that have smoking bans. …

Adams Moves To Next Step With Tobacco Ban Laws
iBerkshires.com - February 27, 2013

…The board chose to include smoking bans on public playgrounds, beaches, athletic fields, in nursing homes, at bus stops and outdoor patios at restaurants. Members were undecided about bans on smoking in private clubs, hotels, motels and bed and breakfasts. The board is also further looking into implementing a buffer zone around municipally owned buildings but are unsure of how far the zone would be and have concerns that it would push smokers into the front of private businesses instead. While the town doesn't currently have problems with smoking in some of those places, such as outdoor patios and nursing homes, the board wanted proactive bans in case future companies open. For the places such as parks and playing fields, the board wants to install no-smoking signs. "You are drawing a line in the beginning," member Roy Thompson said. "I want to be tough on it." Also eyed for prohibition is the sale of blunt wraps. The board members said they want to keep those out of stores because they are flavored ­ thus more appealing to children ­ and mostly used for illegal drugs. "I wouldn't see any other reason to buy it," Thompson said. Electronic cigarettes were previously considered to be banned but after talking with residents, the board reeled back its regulations. Instead, it opted to formalize a restriction on all "nicotine delivery products" from being sold to anyone under the age of 18. "One can see the arguments for electronic cigarettes," Thompson said. "People do use electronic cigarettes to get off cigarettes. But the youth shouldn't be on cigarettes …

Greylock Apartments in Adams to go smoke-free March 1
North Adams Transcript - February 26, 2013

ADAMS -- Effective March 1, all units in the Greylock Apartment complex on Myrtle Street will be designated smoke-free. Owner Donald Sommer said it's a ...

Health Board stiffens rules
Boston.com - February 24, 2013

... the Westwood Board of Health voted to not only raise the minimum age to buy it to 19, but also agreed to include e-cigarettes ­ commonly known as “nicotine ...

Smoking regulations approved by Westwood Board of Health
Westwood Press - February 23, 2013

WESTWOOD ­ It’s no joke­on April Fool’s Day, Westwood’s new tobacco regulation will go into effect, banning the sale of single cigars and raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 19. In addition to these changes, the Regulation Restricting the Sale of Tobacco and Nicotine Delivery Products will include nicotine delivery products such as electronic cigarettes and banning the sale of blunt wraps and non-residential roll-your-own machines. …

Bellingham may ban sale of cigarettes, tobacco products at local ...
Milford Daily News - February 21, 2013

BELLINGHAM ­ The Board of Health is considering several new amendments to its tobacco bylaw, most notably prohibiting pharmacies from selling tobacco products and banning cigarette smoking at town-owned parks and fields. …

Framingham health board to discuss medical marijuana, e-cigarettes
MetroWest Daily News-February 19, 2013

The Board of Health meets Wednesday night to discuss the proposed medical marijuana treatment center bylaw and regulating electronic cigarettes. The board ...

Education better than ban
The Massachusetts Daily Collegian - February 19, 2013

... health education, warning labels on cigarettes, bans on smoking indoors and ... Banning all tobacco products on campus is a terrible idea, it's unenforceable ... The sentiment that the smoking ban is founded on is noble. ... Chewing gum was not banned; the faculty just asked people to stop putting gum in water fountains.

Gone is the smoke, replaced by the kids
Boston (MA) Globe - Feb 17, 2013

It seems like most restaurants opening in the suburbs west of Boston these days are either a pub or a tavern, but they hardly resemble the smoke-filled watering holes of yore. Out went the cigarettes, in came the families with children. And thanks to sh

Smoke- free campus debate moves to Faculty Senate
News@Northeastern - February 14, 2013

Terry Fulmer, the dean of the Bouve College of Health Sciences, is co-chair of a committee exploring the possibility of Northeastern becoming a smoke-free ...

Editorial: Another reason to quit smoking
Springfield (MA) Union-News and Sunday Republican – February 7, 2013

And it would be no surprise that, privately, an employer might consider a smoker a liability. Smoking costs the state an average of $1.9 billion in lost productivity and more than $3 billion in medical expenses annually, according to the U.S. Centers for

Where there's smoke …
Community Advocate-February 6, 2013

Northborough – The dangers associated with secondd-hand smoke have caused the Northborough Board of Health to consider tightening smoking restrictions on ...

Northeastern moves to make campus smoke-free
Boston.com - February 4, 2013

A move to make Northeastern University smoke-free is stirring controversy on campus around issues of civil rights and questions of enforceability. University ...

Northeastern Drags Students Into the Conversation: Should the Campus Go Smoke-Free?
BostInno (blog) - February 1, 2013

Northeastern assembled a committee comprised of students, staff and faculty last month to explore the possibility of implementing a smoke-free campus policy. The news was met with mixed emotions. …

Efforts to restrict medical marijuana spark legal questions
Boston Globe - January 31, 2013

Many area communities are mobilizing in response to the state’s new medical marijuana law ­ proposing bans on distribution centers, prohibitions against home-growing, stiffer fines for using pot in public, or moratoriums. But it remains unclear whether attempts to restrict a measure approved by voters statewide will pass legal muster. Among the towns pondering some kind of response to the new state law are Acton, Dover, Framingham, Needham, Wayland, Wellesley, and Westborough. “Even though it was passed overwhelmingly by the voters, I frankly don’t think much attention was paid to it in terms of what would happen next,” said Patricia Cantor, a lawyer with Kopelman & Paige, a firm representing scores of cities and towns. Because marijuana is illegal at the federal level, she added, it can’t really be compared to other measures to restrict, say, adult video stores, so this is new terrain for local lawyers. …

West Tisbury selectmen wrestle with second hand pot smoke
Martha's Vineyard (MA) Times - Jan 25, 2013

selectmen have discussed the possibility of seeking a town bylaw that would prohibit smoking pot in public places. The ramifications of a new state law that legalized the sale of medical marijuana prompted the discussion, at the selectmen's meeting January...

Up in Smoke: Anti-Smoking Dollars Diverted in Massachusetts
New England Center for Investigative Reporting - January 27, 2013

Millions of dollars originally intended for smoking cessation programs in Massachusetts have been diverted to offset budget deficits, leaving the state struggling to fund quit-smoking hotlines, treatment programs and anti-tobacco advertising ...

Northborough health board looks to ban smoking on marquee town
Metro West Daily News (Framingham, MA) - January 26, 2013

If the regulations are approved, smoking will be banned on the premises of town hall, the library, the senior center, the police and fire departments and the Public Works garage. Currently smokers must stand a distance back from the buildings, but ...

Letter: Smoking ban works well in dictatorship
SouthCoastToday.com - January 17, 2013

I was overjoyed to hear that the authorities have decided to ban smoking in public housing. My concern is how they planned to enforce the new rule. I came up ...

Tobacco snuffed out at drug stores
Barnstable Patriot-January 16, 2013

The Barnstable Board of Health voted unanimously at its Tuesday meeting to ban the sale of tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes at all pharmacies ...

Board of Health Approves Ban on Tobacco Sales at Pharmacies
Patch.com-January 16, 2013

The ban includes the sale of cigarettes, chewing tobacco and cigars. Electronic cigarettes were not included in the ban but could be added later. ...

West Springfield, Mass. Considers E-Cig Ban
Convenience Store Decisions-January 15, 2013

However, unlike laws in other cities, which ban the sale of e-cigarettes to minors, this proposal would ban ALL sales of e-cigs, until/unless they become officially ...

Butt out of Barnstable drugstores?
Capecodonline - January 14, 2013

Tobacco users may soon have to bypass local pharmacies in their search for a fix. The Barnstable Board of Health is expected to approve a ban on the sale of tobacco products during its regular meeting Tuesday, making it the fourth town on Cape Cod to do so. …

Somerville officials looking to stop smoking in homes, public parks
Somerville Journal – January 10, 2013

From no smoking in bars to landlords barring it in homes to the city possibly not allowing tobacco in public parks or events? Put that in your pipe and smoke it. While the city isn't quite there yet, a Six City Tobacco Alcohol Initiative funded .... to already existing tobacco control grants (in place to enforce youth access and ...

Drug store tobacco sale ban proposed in Barnstable
Wicked Local - January 10, 2013

The Barnstable board of health is considering a ban on the sale of tobacco products at pharmacies and will hold a public hearing and likely vote on the issue during its Jan. 15 meeting. …

SPITZ: Ashland snuffs out drugstores' cigarette sales
MetroWest (MA) Daily News - January 9, 2013

…As of Jan. 1, Ashland pulled the plug on pharmacies selling smokes. Actually, it's more than just cigarettes. As in Southborough, Walpole and other communities that have gone this route, the new rules restrict "the sale of tobacco products and nicotine delivery products at educational and health care institutions,'' with drugstores being health care institutions, schools not likely to be selling cigarettes in any official capacity, and an exception made for FDA-approved nicotine delivery products designed to help you kick the habit. …

Health board considers revising tobacco policy
Boston (MA) Globe - January 5, 2013

The Sharon Board of Health discussed draft regulations Dec. 17 aimed at raising the legal age to buy tobacco products in town. Members also talked about whether Sharon could legally ban the use of tobacco in private clubs, such as fraternal organizations ...

Smoking ban coming for residents of North Adams Housing Authority
North Adams Transcript - January 2, 2013

North Adams Housing Authority is moving toward a policy to ban smoking by May in housing it provides for low-income individuals and families. …

Dartmouth ban on tobacco sales takes effect
SouthCoastToday.com - January 2, 2013

In the spirit of, "You want something right, do it yourself," a growing number of local communities have given up waiting for the Legislature or Congress to do something about smoking. Yesterday, New Year's Day, a ban on tobacco sales at pharmacies and other health-related shops took effect in Dartmouth. New Bedford and Fall River have had such a ban since last January, and Westport signed up in October. …

Smoking Ban Includes Electronic Cigarettes, South Beach Smoke Wants More People Educated
MarketWire - January 1, 2013

The town of Great Barrington, MA has expanded its anti-smoking ordinance to include electronic cigarettes. …

Levy, D.E.; Rigotti, N.A.; Winickoff, J.P., "Tobacco smoke exposure in a sample of Boston public housing residents," American Journal of Preventive Medicine 44(1): 63-66, January 2013.


Tobacco smoke exposure is substantially higher in this sample of nonsmoking BHA residents than among nonsmoking Americans nationally. A comprehensive prohibition on smoking in BHA housing units enacted in October 2012 will help protect this highly exposed group of residents and serve as a model for other housing authorities.

COYKENDALL: Guest View: No place for tobacco smoke in multi-unit housing
New Bedford (MA) Standard-Times - December 28, 2012

A study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Dec. 14 reported that an estimated 27 million to 29 million Americans living in multi-unit housing are exposed to second-hand tobacco smoke in their homes even though they don't allow smoking in their homes. According to the study, published in the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research, of the 79.2 million people in the U.S. who live in multi-unit housing, about 62.7 million don't allow smoking in their home. In New Bedford, approximately 65 percent of all residents live in multi-unit housing, leaving an estimated 61,797 residents potentially exposed to second-hand tobacco smoke that originated from somewhere else in or around their buildings. … The good news for Fall River, New Bedford and Wareham is that a new project of Voices for a Healthy SouthCoast, a regional wellness coalition aiming for healthier communities through policy and systems change, tackles this problem head-on. ...

Local smoking prohibitions set to take effect on new year
Berkshire Eagle (Pittsfield, MA) - December 28, 2012

The Tri-Town Health Department had a fruitful 2012 in helping Berkshire County’s larger localities adopt stricter policies to rein in the use and sale of tobacco. Tri-Town Director of Public Health James Wilusz, who runs the regional health ...

Great Barrington expands smoking ordinance to include electronic cigarettes
Berkshire Eagle (Pittsfield, MA) - December 26, 2012

The town has expanded its anti-smoking ordinance to include electronic cigarettes, an inhaler that resembles a cigarette, but delivers nicotine in a vapor rather than smoke. Following an update of the town’s smoking ordinance, higher fines will be attached to infractions, bars that promote and profit from smoking could be banned, and smoking will also be prohibited in town parks and cemeteries. Health Director Mark Pruhenski said that the ordinance was drawn up with the Tri-Town Health Department. …

Local bylaws cloud future use of electronic cigarettes
MetroWest Daily News - December 15, 2012

… Electronic or vapor cigarettes are now widely available and sales are soaring, the industry and shopkeepers say. The popularity of the battery-powered devices has communities across MetroWest and Massachusetts trying to keep up. Framingham became the first town in the area to regulate e-cigarettes when the Board of Health voted last week to treat them like tobacco and ban sales to minors. The board also banned use on town property and in municipal vehicles, and vowed to discuss prohibiting use in restaurants, private offices and other places where the state’s Smoke-Free Workplace Law applies. Some other communities in the region say they plan to start taking a collaborative approach to tobacco control that includes regulations on electronic cigarettes. D.J. Wilson, tobacco control director with the Mass. Municipal Association, says cities and towns have good reason to regulate the devices. "It’s two-fold," he said. "So the usage, the concern is because they’re not FDA approved it has not been totally clearly determined what is being exhaled by the user and what’s in that vapor, and the second problem is to limit it to adult-only sales." …

Melrose considers banning tobacco sales at pharmacies
Boston.com - December 14, 2012

Officials in the city of Melrose will considering banning the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products in pharmacies, according to city records. The Board of ...

Ban on pharmacy tobacco sales likely by Barnstable Board of Health
Cape Cod Times (subscription) - December 14, 2012

After more than a year of discussion, the Barnstable Board of Health expects to approve a ban on tobacco sales at all retail locations that contain pharmacies at ...

Framingham bans sale of e-cigarettes to minors
MetroWest Daily News - December 12, 2012

The Board of Health set a ban Tuesday on selling electronic cigarettes to minors in Framingham - and smoking the battery-powered devices on town property. …

Ban on pharmacy tobacco sales likely
Barnstable Patriot - December 12, 2012

After more than a year of discussion, the Barnstable Board of Health expect to approve a ban on tobacco sales at all retail locations that contain pharmacies at its Jan. 15 meeting. …

Northeastern to explore smoke- free campus
News@Northeastern - December 5, 2012

North­eastern has con­vened a com­mittee com­prised of stu­dents, fac­ulty and staff to explore the possibility of implementing a smoke-free campus policy. …

Framingham State University aims to be tobacco-free by next year
MetroWest Daily News - December 4, 2012

FRAMINGHAM ­ Following the lead of hundreds of other campuses across the country, Framingham State University plans to be tobacco-free by next year, according to school officials. But the details of that campus-wide ban on cigarettes, chewing tobacco and similar products are still up in the air, as an ad hoc committee responsible for developing the policy introduces its preliminary draft to students and staff. …

Fairhaven Housing Authority considers smoking ban in public housing
SouthCoastToday.com / Advocate - November 8, 2012

FAIRHAVEN ­ With a smoking ban being considered by the Fairhaven Housing Authority, a large number of residents turned out for a special meeting Nov. 5 at Oxford Terrace. …

Grant aims to make Wareham senior housing smoke-free
Wareham Week - November 1, 2012

Smokers in Wareham's senior public housing will soon be asked to put out their cigarettes. Wareham, along with New Bedford and Fall River, will be the focus of a new initiative, funded with a $1 million federal "Community Transformation" grant, aimed at eliminating smoking in multi-unit housing -- especially public housing. …

Westport Board of Health passes new tobacco regulation
New Bedford (MA) Standard-Times - October 17, 2012

On August 27, the Westport Board of Health passed a regulation entitled, "The Sale and Use of Tobacco Products and Nicotine Delivery Products". … There were several issues addressed in the regulation. It banned the sale of tobacco products in pharmacies now defined as Health Care Institutions under the regulation. … Another part of the regulation addressed the sale of Nicotine Delivery Products such as electronic cigarettes known as e-cigarettes. Prior to the implementation of this regulation people under the age of 18 could legally purchase these products in Westport. …

SouthCoast cities and towns join growing roster to ban tobacco ...
SouthCoastToday.com - October 15, 2012

Westport has joined a tide of communities snuffing-out pharmacy tobacco sales in SouthCoast and beyond. … Pharmacy tobacco sales send the wrong message, according to Coykendall, who said smokers can still buy cigarettes at convenience stores and gas stations. …

Tobacco sales banned in Fairhaven pharmacies beginning Nov. 1
SouthCoastToday.com - October 5, 2012

An ordinance passed by the Board of Health last month will stop stores with pharmacies in them from selling cigarettes and other tobacco products beginning Nov. 1. …

BHA smoking ban shows no problems so far, officials say
Daily Free Press (MA) - October 3, 2012

Housing officials said the ban on smoking in Boston public housing that took ... The initiative makes Boston the largest U.S. city to ban smoking within public ...

Montague, Mass., Adopts Stricter Tobacco Rules
CSPnet.com - October 2, 2012

The Montague, Mass., Board of Health has rolled out an updated list of regulations cracking down on underage tobacco use beginning October 1, reported WGGB-TV. Electronic cigarettes for the first time fall under the same guidelines as other tobacco products, including their sale to anyone under 21 being prohibited. It is also limiting the number of permits to sell tobacco products in the town, said the report. …

Boston set to become largest city in US to ban smoking in public housing
Boston.com - September 28, 2012

Next week, Boston will become largest city in the country to ban smoking in public housing. ... 30, banning anyone from smoking inside Boston Housing Authority ...

Pembroke Sentinel: Local businesses adopt smoking bans
my.hsj.org - September 20, 2012

Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton prohibited smoking as of April 2, and the Independence Mall in Kingston began enforcing a smoking ban inside and outside of the mall as of May 31. Many studies have proved that smoking bans can reduce health care cost, fires, and quantities of liter; as well as improve work productivity and increase cleanliness. Scientific research has also shown that tobacco smoking is hazardous to smokers and nonsmokers. …

Haverhill bans smoking in private clubs
Eagle Tribune - September 19, 2012

Representative of local clubs voiced opposition to banning smoking in their ... on Primrose Street, said a ban on smoking would cause members to go to clubs in ...

BHA smoking ban to begin
Mission Hill Gazette - September 7, 2012

A ban on smoking anywhere inside Boston Housing Authority (BHA) buildings­including tenants’ apartments­goes into effect on Sept. 30. …

Boston Medical Center smoking ban brings cigarettes to residential ...
Daily Free Press (subscription) - September 4, 2012

A newly imposed smoking ban at Boston Medical Center has South End residents frustrated over cigarette trash disposed in their neighborhoods. …

Smoking bans start with opposition at vets clubs
Stonebridge Press - September 3, 2012

SOUTHBRIDGE ­ Opponents of last weekend's smoking ban at the VFW are gearing up to fight it, but, if indications from other veterans' clubs in the area are any indication, the change might be inevitable. …

Tribe: 7 Cedars Casino in Blyn getting 'elegant' expansion
Peninsula Daily (WA) - August 28, 2012

Although the new wing of the casino will allow smoking, Allen said a ... "Casinos are a big deal, and they have made a significant difference in Indian Country for ...

Tobacco sales banned in Watertown health care institutions
Wicked Local - August 24, 2012

Watertown pharmacies will soon be banned from selling tobacco products. The Watertown Board of Health voted unanimously on August 15 to restrict the sale of tobacco products at all health care institutions, including supermarkets that operate pharmacies. …

No more tobacco at Montague drug stores
WWLP 22News - August 20, 2012

MONTAGUE, Mass. (WWLP) - From cigars to electronic cigarettes, in Montague, beginning October 1, all tobacco products will disappear from drug stores and pharmacies. … Under the new rule, stores like Rite Aid on Avenue A that sell health care products will no longer be able to sell tobacco products. …

PAUL YOVINO, Milton: Wrong decision on smoke-free buffer zone
The Patriot Ledger - August 21, 2012

The Milton Board of Health’s decision not to set up a 25-foot smoke-free buffer zone around buildings and stores is a mistake. Its decision makes its name an oxymoron. How does this board explain away all the medical studies that prove the health hazard of second-hand smoke? We are not back in 1950 when we did not have all the medical evidence we have today that second-hand smoke has a detrimental effect on all who are exposed to it. I would have hoped the board of health would, instead, have worked for a town ordinance to prevent CVS from selling tobacco products in its store at the Milton Marketplace. How in good conscience can CVS or any pharmacy sell products in its pharmacy at the back of the store to make you well and at the same time sell cigarettes ...

Smoking ban coming for Burgess Park
Barnstable Patriot - August 10, 2012

Town Manager Tom Lynch has approved a ban on smoking at Burgess Park in Marstons Mills, but he's not expecting non-smokers to call the cops if they see ...

Moose Club Smoking Ban is Doing the Right Thing
Revere Journal - August 9, 2012

The local Moose Club has banned smoking inside its facility – and is the first private club in this city to do so. As such, it is setting a great example and one, frankly, that was long overdue. ... We congratulate the Moose Club for banning smoking inside its premises. ...

Moose Club Members Vote to Ban Smoking
Revere Journal - August 2, 2012

The Revere Moose Lodge has trimmed its antlers and kicked some bad habits, namely cigarette smoking. The recently-troubled club has gone through some major organizational changes since nearly dissolving last January, and last week the lodge made a major move in becoming the first private club in Revere to prohibit smoking within its building. ...

HCC going smoke free
WWLP 22News - August 2, 2012

Holyoke Community College is going smoke free. Beginning August 13th, smoking will no longer be permitted in any building or outdoor area on the 135-acre campus. …

Taunton casino a step closer after governor signs compact with tribe
The Patriot Ledger - July 31, 2012

Gov. Deval Patrick inked a casino compact with the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe Monday. … The compact also stipulates that no smoking will be allowed in the casino and gives the newly formed Massachusetts Gaming Commission the right to inspect ...

Letter: 'Thanks to Middleton BOH'
Wicked Local - July 30, 2012

We at the Tri-Town Council Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition are grateful to the Middleton Board of Health, who recently unanimously passed revisions to the regulations "Sale of Tobacco Products to Minors" which "Restrict the Sale of Tobacco Products and Nicotine Delivery Products to Minors". Of particular note, we thank Coalition Board Member and Middleton Board of Health Director Derek Fullerton for his efforts in getting these revisions passed and for his concern for our youth. ...

Our view: Health board overreaches with tobacco ban
The Salem News - July 30, 2012

Let's start with this acknowledgement: Cigarettes are bad for you. ... the Salem Board of Health to ban the sale of tobacco products in city pharmacies is, at best, ...

TELL US: Was Ban on Tobacco at Pharmacies the Right Decision?
Salem (MA) Patch.com - July 26, 2012

On Tuesday, the Board of Health voted to ban tobacco sales (that includes cigarettes) at pharmacies beginning Sept. 1, according to the Salem News. The outlet ...

Massachusetts town bans tobacco sales at pharmacies
Bluefield Daily Telegraph - July 25, 2012

SALEM, Mass. - This tourist-dependent Massachusetts town has banned the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products in drug stores. …

BMC's neighbors say hospital smoking ban has brought smoke ...
Boston.com - July 25, 2012

Boston Medical Center's recently imposed smoking ban is frustrating South End residents, who say smokers leaving the hospital's campus bring smoke to the neighborhood and leave trash on its streets. ...

Tobacco sales nixed at pharmacies
The Salem News (MA)- July 25, 2012

More than a decade ago, Salem was the first on the North Shore to ban smoking in ... to prohibit the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products in pharmacies, ... the sale of tobacco products in pharmacies or are in the process of imposing bans. ... Dogs banned at Salem's outdoor dining spots ...

Keeping a copy for the library Belmont raises age for buying tobacco Aug. 1
Boston.com (MA)- July 25, 2012

1 raises the age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 19. "We're basically trying to reduce youth access to tobacco products," said Health Director Stefan ...

Banning butts at Burgess
Barnstable Patriot - July 20, 2012

Has the smoking ban worked on the beaches? Yes, said Fred Stepanis, assistant with the conservation division and coordinator for the town's Coastsweep ...

Gillette Stadium to go fully smoke-free
Boston Globe - July 9, 2012

Gillette Stadium announced Monday that smoking will no longer be allowed within its gates starting Saturday with a New England Revolution game. Smoking was already prohibited in the stadium’s seating but was allowed in designated areas on the edge. The ban will be in effect for all NFL games, concerts, and other events. …

Gillette Stadium goes smoke free
Worcester Telegram - July 9, 2012

The home of the New England Patriots is going smoke free. ... most other NFL venues and banning smoking everywhere inside stadium gates starting ... The smoking ban applies to every event held inside the stadium including concerts and ...

Smoke-free learning a priority on Quincy-area college campuses
Quincy Herald Whig - Jul 8, 2012

As more and more colleges around the country consider totally banning tobacco ... According to a recent story by the Associated Press, bans on use, advertising ... Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Mo., all ban smoking inside the buildings on ... LaTour said, smoking was banned in all buildings, and smokers had to stay at ...

LETTER: Smoking at the Mirabella Pool
North End Waterfront.com - Jul 8, 2012

Why is it that people think they can just smoke even though there are three huge NO SMOKING signs painted on the wall? …

Antismoking laws could hamstring Mass. casinos
Boston Globe - Jul 1, 2012

It is an old saw in the gambling industry that antismoking policies hurt revenue by driving away a casino’s best customers. With Massachusetts preparing to open smoke-free gambling resorts, the industry’s conventional wisdom will be put to the test. The local casinos will have to compete with established facilities in Rhode Island and Connecticut that permit gamblers to light up. …

POLL: Middleboro bans tobacco sales in pharmacies
Milford (MA) Daily News - Jun 30, 2012

The town's latest attempt to stop bad behavior means three local businesses will be barred from selling cigarettes or any other tobacco product as of Sunday, following a vote by selectmen. …

Middleboro bans tobacco sales in pharmacies
Enterprise News – June 30, 2012

Three businesses in town will be barred from selling cigarettes and other tobacco products as of Sunday. …

City, towns join smoking rules trend
Lawrence (MA) Eagle-Tribune - Jun 24, 2012

Haverhill is close to adopting tough new smoking and tobacco sale rules, joining a trend among communities in the Merrimack Valley and across the state. …

Wareham Resident Inducted into Statewide Ex-Smokers' Hall of Fame
Wareham Week - June 18, 2012

Courtesy of: Elizabeth Tanefis From left to right: Elizabeth Tanefis, program manager for the Metro Boston Tobacco Free Community Partnership, Anika Bartie, ...

East Adams Board of Health Asked To Draft Tobacco Ban
iBerkshires.com (MA) - June 15, 2012

The Board of Health dropped its push to eliminate electronic cigarettes because they had not seeped into town yet but on Wednesday, they were asked to ...

Tobacco sales banned in Pittsfield stores with pharmacies
Berkshire Eagle - June 8, 2012

Add Pittsfield to the growing list of Massachusetts communities that have banned tobacco sales at stores with pharmacies. …

North Adam Board Votes For Tough Tobacco Regulations
iBerkshires.com - June 5, 2012

The Board of Health has adopted a rigorous ban on workplace smoking that will include lighting up at city-sponsored events like the annual Eagle Street Beach Party. … The rules encompass tobacco-free workplaces ­ prohibiting any smoking or use of so-called e-cigarettes on public property or in public vehicles, near food ...

Public hearing on proposed tobacco product regulations
YNN Hudson Valley - June 4, 2012

PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The Pittsfield Board of Health is considering new regulations on tobacco products sold in the city. The Board is holding a public hearing tonight on the proposed measures. They're aimed at preventing the sale of tobacco and other nicotine delivery products to minors. Among the proposals would be a ban on selling tobacco products at businesses that also have pharmacies. …

Private club smoking ban article on warrant
Worcester Telegram – June 1, 2012

Clinton -- Voters will act on such items as new Central Park rules to ban smoking in private clubs at the Monday annual town meeting, which is expected to take longer ...

NY, Mass. Pyramid malls to be tobacco-free
Boston.com - May 31, 2012

That means no cigarettes, pipes, chewing tobacco or electronic cigarettes anywhere on mall property, whether it be sidewalks, loading docks, parking lots or ...

Some say mall smoking ban goes too far
WWLP 22News - May 31, 2012

Some smokers and even non-smokers are upset because this ban covers the entire mall property and extends into the parking lots. "The smoke is going to ...

Holyoke, Hampshire Malls banning outdoor smoking
WWLP 22News - May 30, 2012

The policy means no smoking of cigarettes, pipes, cigars, or other smoking materials, and no use of smokeless tobacco or electronic cigarettes. The ban is not ...

Smoking-free zone at the Kingston Senior Center
Wicked Local (Kingston, MA) - May 30, 2012

The smoke-free area starts at the sign entering the driveway to the Senior Center and extends all the way to the back of the property, including outdoor seating ...

It's hard to go wrong if you stay on message
Middleboro Gazette (MA)- May 24, 2012

The board was to vote on the proposals, including a ban on cigarettes and other ...

Cohasset stores with pharmacies can still sell cigarettes
The Patriot Ledger - May 22, 2012

Cohasset's three stores with pharmacies – CVS, Walgreens and Stop & Shop – can continue selling cigarettes and other tobacco products, voters decided ... By rejecting the board of health’s proposal, residents also voted down a ban on the use of electronic cigarettes in public places where traditional cigarettes are prohibited, including business offices and restaurants. …

Easton voters OK smoking ban on town land
Enterprise News - May 22, 2012

By a margin of 69-39, voters Monday night backed the Board of Health in its quest to include town-owned land as a public place where smoking is prohibited. …

Cohasset voters to decide on e-cigarette ban
The Patriot Ledger - May 21, 2012

Voters will define the legal use of e-cigarettes when town meeting reconvenes at 7 p.m. Monday in the middle/high school gymnasium. … Health officials are also asking residents to ban the sale of e-cigarettes to minors and to prohibit stores with pharmacies from selling tobacco products. …

Butts out at Burgess Park
Barnstable Patriot - May 18, 2012

The recreation commission wants Burgess Park in Marstons Mills to be smoke-free, joining the village association in its request to Acting Town Manager Tom ...

Northborough Moves Toward Smoke-Free Town
Northborough (MA) Patch.com - May 17, 2012

Nortborough, which has a very low population of smokers to begin with, is moving toward officially banning smoking in or near municipal buildings and properties. … The idea of banning tobacco sales in pharmacies came up in discussion, but the board decided not to pursue that at this time. The board is, however, debating ...

Smoking Bylaw Amendment to be Met With Opposition
Members of the Easton Conservation Commission will oppose the bylaw at Town Meeting
Easton (MA) Patch.org - May 16 2012

At the May 21 Annual Town Meeting, there will be some disagreement to the proposed bylaw amendment that bans smoking on all town-owned properties with the exception of sidewalks. ...

Easton smoking ban proposal smolders
Taunton Daily Gazette (MA) - May 15, 2012

Easton's Board of Health is looking to expand the town's smoking ban to include outdoor spaces like walking trails, but it faces opposition from the Conservation ...

Pharmacy tobacco ban, breast-feeding topics of Senate amendments
Sentinel and Enterprise - May 16, 2012

BOSTON -- Fining minors for possessing cigarettes, banning tobacco sales in pharmacies, and informing the public about the benefits of breast-feeding are ...

Restaurant owners irked as smoking regs get tweaked in Provincetown
Wicked Local - May 13, 2012

The board of health banned smoking in outdoor areas of restaurants and bars that are served by waitstaff last fall, and made a requirement that all patios ...

Easton smoking ban proposal smolders
Enterprise News - May 13, 2012

By Justin Graeber Should the town's ban on smoking in public places be extended to outdoor areas such as ball fields and hiking trails? …

Board of Health snuffs smokes sale ban
Wicked Local - May 11, 2012

After taking public feedback and their own official capacity into account, the North Andover Board of Health has backed away from banning cigarette sales at pharmacies throughout town. …

Banning pharmacy tobacco sales still on board's mind
Barnstable Patriot - May 11, 2012

Barnstable's board of health still has a ban on tobacco sales at pharmacies on its radar, but there's nothing immediately before the three-member board. …

Cohasset may limit sales of most tobacco products
Boston.com - May 10, 2012

He said that when faced with a choice between getting rid of a pharmacy or tobacco sales, all the stores have chosen to get rid of cigarettes and the like. … The board also has proposed adding electronic cigarettes to the list of tobacco products already banned from use in public places in town. …

News: New Anti-Smoking Proposal Would Devastate Local Cigar Shops
Stogie Guys Online Cigar Magazine - May 10, 2012

… But two Massachusetts towns are proposing a new attack on cigars. The local health boards of Saugus and Bedford are considering tobacco regulation ordinances that include two provisions that would be specifically devastating to local B&M cigar shops. The proposed regulations would require cigars to be sold in packages of four or more, and would set minimum wholesale and retail prices. …

Saugus health panel hears about proposed tobacco ban
Lynn (MA) Daily Item - May 10, 2012

Saugus resident Bill Kramich said the Board of Health's proposed tobacco regulation that would ban the sale of tobacco in pharmacies along with the sale of blunt wraps and small cigars less than $2.50 would hurt the town economy. …

Proposed Bylaw Amendment Would Prohibit Smoking on Most Town-Owned ...
Patch.com (MA) - May 8, 2012

The article, put forth by the Board of Health, would ban smoking from all outdoor ... Easton's current bylaw, which bans smoking in a "public place" defines ...

Saugus seeks reduced tobacco sales
By Matt Tempesta / The Daily Item
Daily Item - May 7, 2012

SAUGUS ­ Several updates to Saugus’ tobacco regulations have retail groups sending letters of opposition to the Board Health as it looks to restrict tobacco sales for some stores. The new regulation, which is expected to be discussed tonight, bans tobacco sales in Saugus’ six pharmacies, restricts cigar sales unless the cigar is in a pack of four or priced more than $2.50 and bans the use of electronic cigarettes in public places, among other provisions, according to Public Health Director Frank Giacalone. …

Pharmacy tobacco ban expands locally
Berkshire Eagle - May 3, 2012

LEE -- Lee, Lenox and Stockbridge are the first local communities to ban tobacco sales at stores with pharmacies, one of several proposals aimed primarily at keeping youths from buying cigarettes and other tobacco-related products. ...

Cohasset to consider ban on electronic cigarettes
The Patriot Ledger (MA) - May 3, 2012

By Patrick Ronan Do you think so-called electronic cigarettes, which don't burn tobacco but supply nicotine to 'smokers,' should be banned in workplaces and ...

Middleboro considers tobacco sales ban for pharmacies
Enterprise (MA) News - May 2, 2012

Selectmen on Monday reviewed proposed changes in the town’s tobacco regulations that would ban the sale of tobacco products in pharmacies and increase fines for tobacco violations. ...

Belmont to Up Tobacco Legal Age to 19
Town joining Needham and Brookline in raising minimum age to purchase smokes
Belmont (MA) Patch.org, 2012-05-01

In a move that will make Belmont one of only three communities to do so in Massachusetts, the Belmont Board of Health has approved a report on raising the minimum age at which a person can purchase cigarettes and other tobacco-related products to 19. …

Tri-Town Health Board Bans Tobacco Sales In Pharmacies
iBerkshires.com - May 1, 2012

LEE, Mass. ­ Tri-Town Health Department Director James J. Wilusz announced at a public hearing Monday that the Tri-Town Board of Health, which represents Lee, Lenox and Stockbridge, amended its local tobacco regulations. In regards to the local regulation, "Restricting the Sale of Tobacco Products and Nicotine Delivery Products," pharmacies will not be allowed to sell tobacco products starting on July 1. …

Editorial: Much evil is done 'for our own good'
Eagle Tribune - April 30, 2012

… Yes, smoking stinks. But so, too, does the arrogance of the army of nanny-staters who want to impose their will on you by issuing decrees on what is and what isn't good for you. … In Haverhill, regulations proposed by the Board of Health would ban the sale of tobacco products at pharmacies, including places like CVS, Walgreens and ...

Guest column: 'Other tobacco products' marketed to Watertown youth
Watertown (MA) Wicked Local - Apr 29, 2012

While cigarette smoking among youth continues to decline both in Watertown and statewide, a troubling trend is emerging – the use of other, non-cigarette, tobacco products is on the rise. ... through underhanded marketing and packaging tactics,” said Elizabeth Tanefis, Program Manager of the Metro Boston Tobacco-Free Community Partnership. …

Banning pharmacy tobacco sales still on board's mind
Barnstable Patriot - April 27, 2012

Barnstable's board of health still has a ban on tobacco sales at pharmacies on its radar, but there's nothing immediately before the three-member board. …

Board of Health to ask drugstores to stop selling cigarettes
Lawrence (MA) Eagle-Tribune, 2012-04-27

NORTH ANDOVER ­ The Board of Health has opted for friendly persuasion rather than coercion on the question of banning the sale of cigarettes in pharmacies. The board voted unanimously last night to send a letter to the pharmacies that operate in North Andover asking them to consider discontinuing the sale of tobacco products. …

City eyes tougher public smoking rules
Lawrence (MA) Eagle Tribune - Apr 21, 2012

Those scenarios would end if the city's Health Board adopts new public rules proposed for Haverhill. The board is considering regulations aimed at protecting the public from second-hand cigarette smoke by limiting where people can light up. … Under Haverhill's proposed regulations, pharmacies would no longer be able to sell tobacco products. This would impact eight businesses in the city: Two Rite Aids, two Walgreens and four CVS stores. "Pharmacies are health stores," Carbone said. Smoking would also be banned near the entrances to public buildings, including bars, taverns, and sit-down and fast-foot restaurants. Smoking would be prohibited near the entryway, open window, staffed drive-up or drive-through window, and the smoke-free area must be large enough so that second-hand smoke does not enter the building or an outdoor deck, or affect the air quality for patrons or employees, Carbone said. The board also wants to make it harder for young people to buy tobacco products. Stores would not be allowed to sell single cigars priced at less than $2.50 each, could not sell electronic cigarettes to minors, …

Northborough mulls smoking ban on town properties
MetroWest Daily News - April 12, 2012

Health Agent Jamie Terry said the Board of Health next month will hold a public hearing on “significant” changes to the town’s tobacco regulations that would ban smoking altogether outside Town Hall, the police and fire stations, the library, the senior center, Ellsworth McAfee Park, Assabet Park and the Memorial and Casey baseball fields on East Main Street. … It would also extend to electronic cigarettes, which have come under fire from ... a tougher crackdown on establishments caught selling tobacco to minors. …

Tufts Medical Center bans smoking
Boston.com - April 12, 2012

Tufts Medical Center is one of 10 local hospitals that have promised to ban smoking in 2012 under the Tobacco-Free Hospital Initiative launched last ...

Hookah vote hooks city with hypocrisy
Worcester Telegram - April 12, 2012

It’s time to review the city’s strict ­ and suddenly hypocritical ­ anti-smoking policies. … For the non-hipsters among us, a hookah is used for smoking flavored tobacco. But lest you believe that hookah smoke is less harmful than cigarettes, ...

Hookah bar at station gets an interim OK
Worcester Telegram - April 12, 2012

The City Council has given preliminary approval to an amendment to the city’s tobacco control ordinance that will allow a hookah bar to operate in Union Station. The tobacco control ordinance precludes any form of smoking at city-owned ... Eastern single- or multi-stemmed instrument used for smoking flavored tobacco.

Local town legislation loosens alcohol laws but restricts tobacco ...
Wellesley News - April 11, 2012

... who might want to buy a pack of cigarettes at a local CVS pharmacy. ... have pushed for a statewide ban on the sale of tobacco products in pharmacies is ...

Worcester councilors give OK to hookah bar at Union Station
Worcester Telegram (MA) - April 11, 2012

The tobacco-control ordinance currently precludes any form of smoking at city-owned public buildings, including Union Station. As part of its business plan, ...

Our View: Rare loss for tobacco police
The Salem News - April 5, 2012

Efforts to impose a de-facto prohibition on the sale of tobacco products took a ... signs that advertise the availability of specific cigarette brands. …

Independence Mall bans tobacco use on all its property
Wicked Local - April 5, 2012

Smokers may not light up outside Independence Mall entrances or use tobacco products anywhere on mall property, as of May 31, when a new tobacco-free policy ...

Students irate over smoke in lavatories
Apponequet resumes in-house suspensions
Boston (MA) Globe, 2012-04-05

Apponequet Regional High School is cracking down on rule breakers among its 840 students following complaints from the student council about smoking in the bathrooms, lax student discipline, and ineffective control tactics by the administration. …

EDITORIAL: Tobacco ban attempt goes a step too far
Newburyport (MA) News, 2012-04-04

Efforts to impose a de facto prohibition on the sale of tobacco products took a fortunate hit recently when a federal judge struck down a Worcester ordinance banning storefront signs that advertise the availability of specific cigarette brands. ...

Spfld Housing Authority smoking ban
WWLP 22News (MA) - Apr 2, 2012

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Beginning Monday, April 2nd, the Springfield Housing Authority is putting a ban on smoking. … And back in January, Holyoke Community College announced that they'll be going smoke free as of August 13th of this year. The Springfield Housing Authority ...

Worcester's ban on tobacco advertising ruled unconstitutional
Worcester Telegram - April 2, 2012

WORCESTER ­ A federal judge has sided with Big Tobacco, ruling that a city ordinance banning outdoor tobacco advertising is unconstitutional. …

Good Sam says no to smoking
Wicked Local - April 2, 2012

Brockton, MA -- Starting today, Good Samaritan Medical Center will say no to smoking. … The list of banned tobacco products includes cigarettes, e-cigarettes and chewing tobacco. The ban will be in place at Good Samaritan's Radiation Oncology ...

Board eyes ban on tobacco sales at pharmacies
Health panel may consider regulation at next meeting
Lawrence (MA) Eagle-Tribune, 2012-03-30
Paul Tennant

NORTH ANDOVER ­ Right now, you can go to a pharmacy and buy life-saving medicines, such as Lipitor or similar drugs that lower cholesterol. …

Byrnes: Tobacco products do not belong in Milford's pharmacies
MetroWest Daily News - March 30, 2012

Re: Milford Board of Health’s apparent decision to look into the economic effects of banning the sales of all tobacco products at Milford Pharmacies. ... into the economic effects of banning the sales of all tobacco products at Milford Pharmacies. ... And they are called cigarettes (or cancer sticks). …

Butts out or 'butt' out
Community Advocate - March 30, 2012

Region – About 20 years ago, Bouvier Pharmacy in Marlborough made the decision to ban the sale of tobacco products. Although it likely cut into their ...

Bourne health board balks at ban on drug-store tobacco sales
Wicked Local (MA), March 30, 2012

The Bourne Board of Health this week frowned on a county recommendation that the sale of tobacco products be banned in health-care facilities, notably pharmacies. …

Milford wants to hear from pharmacies on tobacco proposal
Wicked Local - March 27, 2012

The Board of Health last night asked Health Officer Paul Mazzuchelli to seek feedback from stores hurt by a possible ban on the sale of tobacco products at pharmacies. …

Massachusetts Towns Ban Tobacco in Drug Stores
NACS Online - March 27, 2012

So far, the boards of health in Wellesley and Southborough have passed tobacco bans for drug stores and grocery stores that have pharmacies. …

Editorial: With mall and city of Springfield smoking and tobacco bans, the noose gets a little tighter for smokers
MassLive.com - March 26, 2012

Last week wasn't a very good week for smokers. But we aren't shedding any tears. ... announced that they are going tobacco-free at the end of the month, ... will ban the sale of tobacco products in drug stores and stores with pharmacies. …

Springfield Public Health Council bans sales of tobacco products at drug stores, supermarkets with pharmacies
MassLive.com - March 22, 2012

…The new regulation defines drug stores and stores with pharmacies as “health care institutions,” and refers to the sale of tobacco in those stores as ...

Panel urges pharmacy tobacco sales ban
Boston.com - March 22, 2012

Boston, Fall River, and Worcester are among the cities that no longer permit the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products at pharmacies, declaring that ...

Boston's largest condo goes smoke-free
Boston (MA) Globe, 2012-03-21

In a sign of the growing reach of public health and antitobacco forces, Boston's largest condominium complex has voted to go smoke free. New residents at the 624-unit waterfront Harbor Towers, on East India Row near New England Aquarium, won't be allowed to smoke, under an amendment to the condo association's bylaws made official Tuesday.

Smoking policies on Boston campuses
Boston Globe - March 15, 2012

Policy: Bars smoking of cigarettes, cigars, and pipes in any facility or ... Policy: Banned in all university buildings; no restrictions on smoking outside ...

House advances bills creating smoke-free units in elder housing
Boston Herald - March 14, 2012
By Colleen Quinn / State House News Service

Local housing authorities across Massachusetts would designate smoke-free buildings or non-smoking units in ...

Boston schools tighten up restrictions on tobacco, nicotine products
Boston.com - February 28, 2012

The ban will include cigarillos, loose tobacco, blunt wrappers, chewing tobacco, dissolvable nicotine, electronic cigarettes, nicotine gel, and nicotine ...

BPS introduces far-reaching tobacco-free environment policy
PressZoom (press release) - February 28, 2012

The district's policy goes further than any other in the Commonwealth in banning the use, consumption, display and promotion of all tobacco products and ...

Cambridge Health Alliance to go tobacco-free
The Boston Globe - December 13, 2011

Apparently the effort by Boston hospitals to make their campuses smoke-free is contagious. Cambridge Health Alliance announced that it ...

Smoke-free homes: good goal, but not for automatic evictions
The Boston Globe - December 9, 2011

THROUGH ITS new Smoke-Free Homes initiative, the Boston Public Health Commission hopes to further decrease smoking in Boston by encouraging private, ...

Boston becomes latest US city to ban electronic cigarettes in the ...
Daily Mail - December 2, 2011

Officials in Boston have become the latest state regulators to push for a ban on electronic cigarettes. A Health Commission report in the city today approved proposals to treat e-cigarettes like tobacco products in banning their use in the workplace and restricting them to adults.

City puts restriction on use of e-cigarettes
The Boston Globe - December 2, 2011

The ban on the sale of e-cigarettes to minors and the rule on cigarellos passed ... The FDA has since proposed rules to regulate e-cigarettes as tobacco ...

Wareham to hold a public hearing about tobacco sales
Wicked Local (MA), 2011-11-28

The Board of Health will hold a public hearing on November 30, 2011, at 6 p.m. about tobacco sales in Wareham. The meeting will be held at the Wareham Town Hall, 54 Marion Road, Bottom Floor Cafeteria to hear testimony about amendments to the town's current regulation regarding tobacco sales. The proposed changes include regulating electronic cigarettes and Nicotine Delivery Devices like tobacco; banning the sale of tobacco in health care institutions, including pharmacies; ...

Make nanny areas smoke-free
Attleboro Sun Chronicle (MA) - November 23, 2011

Covering two areas that are mostly outdoors, the latest smoking ban proposal ... We also find outdoor smoking bans in public places have been imposed or are ...

Winchester Hospital pledges to go 'smoke-free'
Wicked Local - November 3, 2011

Woburn, MA -- Winchester Hospital takes its responsibility as stewards of the community’s health seriously. Consistent with this mission, the hospital’s board of directors recently voted to join the Massachusetts Hospital Association campaign “Healing Inside and Out ­ Massachusetts Tobacco-Free Hospitals.” This initiative challenges all hospitals in the commonwealth to become tobacco-free. ...

Hub unveils no smoking signs today in tot lots
Boston.com, October 28, 2011

... including 14 in Massachusetts, have enacted laws prohibiting smoking in public parks, according to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation, ...

Outdoor patio smoking regulations approved in Provincetown
Wicked Local - Kevin Mullaney - October 27, 2011

Opposed to the smoking ban on outdoor areas, Berg said that she has two decks but chooses to allow smoking on one. Only 10 percent of her 214 seats are in a ...

City to Post 'No Smoking' Signs at Neighborhood Playground
Charlestown (MA) Patch - Kristi Ceccarossi - October 27, 2011

In a public ceremony tomorrow, no smoking signs will be posted at Peter Looney Park ... a source of secondhand smoke that children are exposed to outdoors.

Tenants weigh in on smoking ban
Some are for it, some are opposed to it
WWLP-22News (Springfield, MA), 2011-10-15

Springfield's Public Housing projects will soon be smoke free inside and out, but not everyone's happy about it. ...

Boston public housing going smoke-free in 2012
Boston Globe - Kay Lazar - October 12, 2011

Boston is set to become the first big city in Massachusetts - and the largest in the nation - to ban smoking in public housing, beginning in ...

Initiative aims to reduce smoking in Boston homes
The Daily Free Press (Boston University), 2011-10-12
Written by Steph Solis

Mayor Thomas Menino launched a smoke-free housing registry on Tuesday as part of an initiative to accommodate Boston residents who want to live in smoke-free buildings, according to an Oct. 11 press release from the mayor’s office. ...

Boston public housing to go smoke-free
UPI.com - October 12, 2011

The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development has approved the smoking ban, Agro said. Boston will be the largest public housing authority in the ...

All public housing in Boston to go smoke-free in 2012
MassLive.com - October 12, 2011

The Housing Authority of Portland, which runs Gallagher Plaza, has banned smoking in all its units. (AP Photo / The Oregonian, Thomas Boyd) BOSTON (AP) ...

Hub To Ban Smoking In All Public Housing
WCVB-TV - October 12, 2011

Jim Bergman, director of the nonprofit Smoke-Free Environments Law Project in ... the largest public housing authority in the nation to adopt a systemwide ban.

Timilty: Smoking ban may stunt casino profits
Attleboro Sun Chronicle - Jim Hand - Adam Tamburin - September 23, 2011

... a bill pending in the Senate to authorize casinos in Massachusetts, but worries the casinos will not be as competitive if smoking is banned in them. ...

Rule would regulate sale of e-cigarettes
My Fox Boston - September 9, 2011

... (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) - The Hub is looking to crack down on all forms of cigarette smoking. ... It would also ban use of e-cigarettes in the workplace.

State stamps out anti-tobacco money
Mortality from lung cancer is 27 percent higher among males in Salem compared to the state of Massachusetts
Wicked Local (MA), 2011-08-12
David Riley and Amy Saltzma Salem Gazette

State leaders have gutted funding for anti-tobacco initiatives more than 90 percent in the last 10 years, leading to fewer spot checks of retail stores for cigarette sales to minors, cuts to programs that help smokers quit and diminished prevention campaigns. ...

Bars go up in smoke
Boston Herald - July 18, 2011

By Boston Herald Editorial Staff The 2004 law that established a workplace smoking ban in Massachusetts carved out an exception for cigar bars, because of the very logical assumption that, well, folks who work at an establishment built exclusively ...

Westfield City Council rejects smoking ban at outdoor municipal facilities
MassLive.com - Ted LaBorde - July 14, 2011

WESTFIELD – A proposed smoking ban for all city-owned property is back in committee for review after the City Council last week rejected an amendment that would have provided some protection for smokers. ...

VFW Adopts 'No Smoking' Policy, Effective Today
Patch.com - July 1, 2011

VFW Post 8164 NO SMOKING policy covers all tobacco products, including cigarettes, cigars, pipes, chewing tobacco, and the new electronic cigarettes. The use of these or any related products will be prohibited in all interior facilities of the post, ...

City to hold off on tobacco advertising ban
Worcester Telegram - Scott J. Croteau - June 21, 2011

A portion of the city's tobacco-control ordinance approved last month bans advertising of cigarettes and tobacco products visible from any city street, park, school or educational institution. It is that section of the ordinance that is stayed until a ...

Big Tobacco Smoking Hot at Ad Ban
Courthouse News Service - Glynis Farrell - June 21, 2011

Joined as lead plaintiff by the National Association of Tobacco Outlets, Big Smoke argues that one of the last permissible ways they can grab smokers' attention is through point-of-sale advertising. Banning tobacco ads placed near checkout lines closes ...

Provincetown outdoor smoking ban put on hold
Cape Cod Times (subscription) - Anna Isaacs - June 17, 2011

PROVINCETOWN ­ A proposed outdoor smoking ban drew a full house of protesters to a town board of health public hearing Thursday. About 30 people showed up at town hall to say the restriction would hurt the tourism-based economy and went ...

LETTER: There should be no exception for cigar bars
Boston (MA) Globe, 2011-06-04
Andrew Rouse Andover

THE GLOBE editorial "Local power goes up in smoke'' (June 1) argues that cigar bars should be an exception to smoking bans in public places because everyone expects that smoke will be present there. Of course, this is the same argument that we heard when smoking bans were first proposed for bars, restaurants, airplanes, and numerous other public places. ...

LETTER: Policies, enforcement critical to protecting public health
Boston (MA) Globe, 2011-06-04
Stephen Shestakofsky Executive director Tobacco Free Mass Framingham

THE GLOBE'S June 1 editorial on cigar bars, "Local power goes up in smoke,'' raises several points worth expanding upon. ...

EDITORIAL: Local power goes up in smoke
Boston (MA) Globe, 2011-06-01

CIGAR BARS, with their stogie-loving clientele, have long been a logical exception to bans on smoking in public places. Unlike in a normal bar or restaurant, there are no unsuspecting cigar-bar customers obliged to breathe in a cloud of toxic smoke. Everyone associated with a cigar bar knows that the establishment exists to provide a place for people to smoke ...

Silver City Teen Center goes in front of Taunton School Committee to seek tobacco products ban in stores with pharmacies
Taunton Daily Gazette - Gerry Tuoti - May 9, 2011

Members of the Silver City Teen Center attended a recent School Committee meeting to seek support for their efforts to ban local stores with pharmacies from carrying tobacco products, but the committee has yet to make a decision on the ...

Adams Board Of Health Eye E-Cigarette Ban
iBerkshires.com, 2011-05-05
Andy McKeever iBerkshires Staff

The Board of Health is looking at bumping up the town tobacco policy to restrict electronic cigarettes. ...

Hull rejects town beach smoking ban
Westport-News - May 4, 2011

... for smoking or for discarding cigarette butts on the beach after Police Chief Richard Billings said he didn't have the manpower to enforce such a ban. ...

Worcester close to new tobacco laws
NECN - April 13, 2011

Worcester is close to becoming the ninth city in the state to ban the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products in pharmacies and drug stores. After weeks of debate, Tuesday city council members voted to give initial approval on some controversial ...

UMass Faculty Senate passes campus tobacco ban
The Massachusetts Daily Collegian - William Perkins III - April 8, 2011

Additionally, the approved smoking ban proposal calls for the creation of a Tobacco-Free Campus Committee, which will be made up of members from the student and faculty body and will be charged with carrying out most of the implementation of the policy ...

2 city councilors propose Boston smoking ban
WHDH-TV - February 10, 2011

BOSTON -- Mayor Thomas M. Menino has yet to say it he will support a smoking ban in Boston public parks.

Two city councilors are proposing to ban smoking at public parks and beaches. ...

Group wants smoking banned from region's public housing
Boston Globe - John Laidler - February 3, 2011

A newly organized group wants to snuff out smoking in public housing north of Boston. The North Shore Coalition for Smoke-Free Communities, ...

Southborough tries to prevent teen smoking
Community Advocate - Kathryn Korostoff - January 21, 2011

Southborough - Teen smoking is a bad thing. We all know it. And Southborough is taking another step to prevent it.

The Southborough Board of Health held a public hearing on a proposed ban on the sale of all tobacco products in Southborough pharmacies Dec. 15. The Board of Health members: Dr. Louis Fazen (Chair), nurses Nancy Sacco and Mary Lou Woodford and Public Health Director Paul Pisinski oversee the office’s daily activities.

Director of the Massachusetts Municipal Association D.J. Wilson was also in attendance. He supports tobacco control programs in state municipalities. Wilson opened the meeting by sharing some information from the Massachusetts Medical Society and its support of tobacco sales restrictions.

At the meeting, the board unanimously amended the town’s tobacco control regulations to include the following amendment: “No health care institution located in the town of Southborough shall sell or cause to be sold tobacco products. No retail establishment that operates or has a health care institution within it, such as a pharmacy or drug store, shall sell or cause to be sold tobacco products.”

The ban is in effect immediately, and the three town pharmacies will have 60 days to comply ...

Cambridge moves toward outdoor smoking ban
Wicked Local (MA), 2011-01-11
Brian P. Nanos Wicked Local Cambridge

Cambridge is taking more steps toward banning smoking in public places.

Public Health Officer Claude-Alix Jacob said in a memo to City Council that the city’s Public Health Department is looking to create a working group that would explore issues involved when cities ban smoking in public parks, beaches and other places.

According to his memo, which was written Dec. 14, the group would look at outdoor smoking bans throughout the country and the scientific literature on the health impact of such bans. It would also consider specific attributes of Cambridge’s public places, the feasibility of enforcing a ban and the feasibility of an outreach campaign that would precede enforcement ...

Walpole selectmen Cliff Snuffer and Mike Berry question ban of tobacco ...
Walpole Times - Keith Ferguson - November 18, 2010

WALPOLE — Weeks after the Board of Health banned local pharmacies from selling tobacco products, two selectmen are questioning the prohibition and may take legislative action in an attempt to reverse it.

The Walpole selectmen called the move unfair to Walpole businesses and citizens.

A local doctor promoted the regulation change that prohibited stores in Walpole from selling cigarettes and prescription medication in the same place. Dr. Joe Dorsey argued it is hypocritical for a business to peddle known carcinogens in an establishment meant to improve people’s health.

Board of Health members reopened Walpole’s regulations last month and voted 4 to 1 to ban tobacco products from pharmacies. The new law forcing pharmacies to choose between selling cigarettes and prescription medication went into effect on Oct. 21.

A total of four Walpole pharmacies were directly affected by the move: CVS, WalMart, Big Y and Stop & Shop.

Health Director Robin Chapell said this week that the transition away from selling tobacco products has gone smoothly and the board hasn’t received complaints from the businesses about the new regulations ...

Town Meeting Passes Smoking Ban, Consolidation
Patch - Susan Danseyar - November 9, 2010

Don't try lighting up on Belmont's playgrounds as representatives to the Special Town Meeting held Monday night, Nov. 8, voted overwhelming to support a measure brought by a young mother to ban smoking or using tobacco on the town's public grounds and athletic fields. ...

Brookline Health Department announces smoke-free housing contest
Brookline TAB - November 8, 2010

Brookline —

The Brookline Health Department, in association with the Public Health Advocacy Institute, will be hosting three workshops Tuesday, Dec. 7, on how property managers, owners, trustees and landlords can adopt smoke-free housing policies in their buildings.

In anticipation of the upcoming workshops, the Health Department invites the public to enter its First Smoke-Free Housing Essay and Poster Contest. Contest participants are asked to either write a short essay about the advantages of smoke-free housing, or design and create a poster promoting positive smoke-free housing policies. Winners will be awarded a Blu-ray DVD player.

One winner will be selected on Dec. 7 at the final workshop. Winner does not need to be present at event to collect award. Winning essay/poster will be published on the Brookline Health Department’s website ...

5 Things to know about Belmont's Special Town Meeting on Nov. 8
Belmont Citizen-Herald - Patrick Ball - November 4, 2010

Belmont, Mass. —

A special fall Town Meeting is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. next Monday, Nov. 8 at the Chenery Middle School auditorium, and the warrant has been shrinking almost since it began shaping up early last month.

The warrant has nine articles, but only a handful should warrant real consideration from representatives. Two articles — dealing with property tax abatements for National Guardsmen and Reservists and with historic accessory buildings — are not expected to be moved, members of the Board of Selectmen said Monday, and Article 1, which establishes rules and procedures, is not typically a controversial vote.

Here are 5 Things to know about the other five articles ...

Find out what's news on Beacon Hill
Ipswich Chronicle - Bob Katzen - October 11, 2010

BAN SMOKING IN SENIOR HOUSING (H 1243): The House on March 18 gave initial approval to a bill that would designate at least one residential building within ...

Cambridge city councilor wants to ban smoking from parks, spaces
Wicked Local - Auditi Guha - October 4, 2010

Cambridge City Councilor Marjorie Decker has proposed a ban on smoking in the city's public spaces, including parks.

The ban would effectively expand the statewide ban on smoking in workplaces, restaurants and bars that went into effect in 2004. Decker cited a recent similar proposal by New York's Mayor Michael Bloomberg that seeks to ban smoking in public parks and beaches. ...

The Impact of Massachusetts’ Smoke-Free Workplace Laws on Acute Myocardial Infarction Deaths
American Journal of Public Health [Epub ahead of print], September 23, 2010

Objectives. We examined the rate of acute myocardial infarction (AMI) deaths in Massachusetts before and after the implementation of a comprehensive smoke-free workplace law in July 2004. …

Conclusions. Comprehensive statewide smoke-free workplace laws in Massachusetts were associated with an estimated 270 fewer AMI deaths per year. These results add to the evidence suggesting that smoke-free air laws are associated with lower rates of AMI. …

Salem State extends smoking ban to entire campus
The Salem News - Tom Dalton - September 22, 2010

Salem State College will ban smoking on its entire campus beginning next September, instituting what may be the toughest policy of any public four-year college in the state. ...

... With this move, Salem State joins more than 260 colleges and universities across the country that have banned smoking and tobacco products on campus, ...

Hospital announces complete smoking ban
Worcester Telegram - August 11, 2010

PUTNAM — Effective Sept. 1, smoking will not be allowed anywhere on Day Kimball Healthcare properties, including buildings, grounds, parking areas or inside vehicles parked at the facility. ...

EDITORIAL: Boston should ban smoking in all public-housing units
Boston (MA) Globe, 2010-08-09

BANNING SMOKING in multifamily housing is the next frontier of the anti-tobacco movement, and Boston's plan to enact such a restriction in its 64 public housing developments within the next three years would intrude, to some extent, on residents' personal choices. But while residents deserve to make their own health decisions, their actions shouldn't burden their neighbors with second-hand smoke and fuel a burgeoning asthma epidemic. With all due respect to those who feel they should have the right to light up in their own homes, the city should aggressively follow through with the ban. . . .

Even though the proposal is only in its beginning stages, Boston Housing Authority staff have already fielded calls from other cities wondering how they, too, can adopt such a measure. This puts Boston in a unique position. If the city follows through with its proposal, Boston can enhance the lives of its own residents while striking a meaningful blow against one of the nation's most deadly, and most easily correctible, public-health problems: smoking. ...

Somerset wants to ban e-cigarettes
Wicked Local (MA), 2010-08-06
Grant Welker Herald News Staff Reporter

The town is taking a pre-emptive move against non-tobacco nicotine products -- often called e-cigarettes -- by requiring stores to obtain a license to sell them and prohibiting their use where smoking is already banned.

The new regulations will go into effect on Sept. 1. The Board of Health gave approval last week.

There are no known stores in Somerset that sell the non-tobacco products targeted under the regulations, but the Fall River area tobacco cessation and prevention coordinator, Marilyn Edge, has been urging area towns to put regulations in place. Taunton recently approved similar rules, but other area communities have yet to do so, she said. ...

Wayland Housing Authority units to become smoke-free
Wicked Local (MA), 2010-08-05
Susan L. Wagner GateHouse News Service

By the spring of 2011, smoking will be history throughout Cochituate Village Apartments, Bent Park, and all the single and multi-family homes operated under the auspices of the Wayland Housing Authority.

After two public hearings in June, the five-member Housing Authority voted unanimously on July 15 to institute a blanket prohibition on smoking in all 111 of its apartments and the 20 scattered-site homes they operate in town. The ban goes into effect on May 1, 2011. Currently, public areas of the units are smoke-free.

According to Brian Boggia, executive director of the Housing Authority, the impetus to initiate the ban arose from the tenants. ...

More banning e-cigarettes
WWLP 22News - Jackie Bruno - August 3, 2010

Since that meeting, Northampton has proposed changing their smoking policy. One of the proposals would ban them from workplaces. ...

BHA pushes for smoke-free housing
Ban in Hub could be nation's largest
Boston (MA) Globe, 2010-07-27
Jenifer B. McKim Globe Staff

Meena Carr figured out years ago why her young grandson, Malik, was chronically coughing and wheezing: Her home made him sick. Carr, 69, didn't smoke cigarettes, but some of her neighbors in the Washington-Beech housing development did, often in the hallway. The smell permeated Carr's apartment.

Last month, Washington-Beech in Roslindale became the city's first smoke-free public housing development. Today, Carr plans to join other community leaders, public officials, and housing advocates to discuss the Boston Housing Authority's more ambitious long-term objective -- clearing the air by 2013 at all 64 public housing developments.

That positions Boston to become the first city in Massachusetts, and perhaps the largest housing authority nationwide, to impose such a ban. Under the proposal, still in its initial stages, about 27,000 residents in 12,000 units would be prohibited from smoking in common areas and their own apartments.

"This new initiative will go a long way to encourage more healthy living styles for our residents,'' said Mayor Thomas M. Menino . . .

Today's meeting at Suffolk University is being billed by officials as a "summit'' to launch the campaign. Details, including how a ban would be phased in and how violators would be punished, are still unclear. Housing officials say the process will include community debate and a public comment period. By January, they hope to submit a proposal to the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Nationwide, about 170 public housing authorities -- roughly 5 percent -- have instituted some kind of no-smoking policy …

Senate passes casino bill with boost for Mashpee tribe
Martha's Vineyard Times - Kyle Cheney - July 2, 2010

Senators also approved a ban on smoking in casinos that some critics worried would be watered down in conference committee. ...

Mass. Senate casino bill would allow smoking
Lexington Herald-Leader, Jun 24, 2010

BOSTON -- Six years after Massachusetts passed a ban on smoking in workplaces, bars and restaurants because of public health concerns, Senate leaders are backing a gambling bill that would allow smoking in new casinos proposed for the state. …

Six senators want Mass. to fold on gambling proposal
Fitchburg (MA) Sentinel & Enterprise, 2010-06-24
Matt Murphy

In their quest to limit the impact of expanded gambling -- if not defeat the proposal altogether -- several local senators are crying foul over the Senate's plan to exempt casinos from the state's bans on smoking and discounted alcohol. . . .

The Legislature in 2004 approved a ban on smoking in virtually all restaurants, bars and other workplaces. The Senate's expanded gambling bill, however, would allow a casino operator to set aside 25 percent of its casino gaming floor as a smoking section, provided that it is properly marked and ventilated.

State regulations imposed by the Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission also prevent restaurants and bars from offering discounted drinks to entice patrons. The rules have essentially outlawed happy hours in the Bay State, forcing restaurants to use other gimmicks, such as discounted appetizers, to lure customers.

The gaming bill, however, would create a special alcohol license for casinos permitting them to continue the popular practice of serving free drinks to patrons who are actively gambling.

"How bizarre that we as a state that took a firm stand against secondhand smoke would blithely cave in to gaming interests and permit it in casinos, exposing their workers and customers to secondhand smoke," Fargo said. ...

Senators halt debate on casinos
MassLive.com - Dan Ring - June 24, 2010

Casino proposals floated
MassLive.com - Dan Ring - June 23, 2010

BOSTON - Casinos would be forced to close at midnight and would be banned from giving away alcohol or allowing smoking. The odds of winning would be posted on slot machines.

The state's wire-tapping laws would be updated to help break up any organized crime that could accompany casinos.

Those are just several of the ideas offered by state senators in 164 proposed amendments to the Senate Ways and Means bill to legalize three casino resorts around the state, including one for a region defined as the four counties of Western Massachusetts.

The full Senate is scheduled to begin debate on the bill today. Debate could last as long as three days.

Many of the amendments are aimed at shielding people from potential problems with gambling.

Many could also be rejected by the state Senate. ...

Everett board bans sale of tobacco in drugstores
Boston Globe - John Laidler - June 10, 2010

Starting next week, smokers will find it a little less convenient to pick up a pack of cigarettes in Everett.

Hoping to deliver another blow against smoking, the Board of Health on May 24 voted unanimously to ban the sale of tobacco products in pharmacies. The ban, which takes effect next Tuesday, also applies to business establishments that include pharmacies, according to Heidi Porter, Everett’s public health director.

“Pharmacies and drugstores that sell tobacco products are essentially approving of the purchase and use of tobacco. And we think that sends a mixed message to consumers who are going to these pharmacies really for health care services,’’ Porter said, of what prompted the ban. “The bottom line is that these pharmacies are health care establishments.’...

Amherst Smoking Ban In Effect
WSHM-TV - Chris Stewart - June 1, 2010

On a dry sunny day, the patio at The Pub restaurant in Amherst is the place to be, but not for smokers. The town of Amherst is telling patrons that if they plan on lighting up with their meal, they'd better go somewhere else.

"Hopefully, it's something that people become accustomed to and find it to be the way," Pub manager Aaron Jolly said.

A new law went into effect June 1st banning smoking in the outdoor seating area at local restaurants. The ban also stops smoking at all town-owned playgrounds, swimming pools, and at athletic fields during registered events. Many Amherst residents are looking forward to not having to deal with second hand smoke.

"I don't like it. I ask to be moved, I think it's very annoying when one is having dinner and have to smell someone elses smoke," Amherst resident Robert Repetto said. ...

Amherst tightens smoking rules
MassLive.com - Diane Lederman - May 20, 2010

AMHERST - Beginning June 1, smoking will be banned on all town-owned playgrounds and swimming areas and on town-owned athletic fields during registered events, as more stringent smoking regulations go in to effect.

After nearly two years of review, the Board of Health last month approved the new regulations. ...

Private clubs in Milford forced to ban smoking
Milford Daily News - Melanie Graham - May 18, 2010

MILFORD — If you're looking for a bar where you can light up, there are a few more places you can now cross off the list.

As of July 1, all private clubs in town will have to ban smoking in their bar areas, a rule the Board of Health approved last week.

In a 2-1 vote, Board of Health members decided to close the gap on establishments that allow smoking in bars, including places like the Italian War Veterans and Marchegiano clubs.

According to Board of Health member Lenny Izzo, the board has received "numerous" phone calls from club members, bartenders and managers about smoking, asking the board to bring the topic back up for discussion. ...

Worcester looks to toughen smoking rules
Boston Herald - May 3, 2010

Most health care facilities in the city have already adopted smoke-free campus policies in recent years. O'Brien says studies have shown that a 25-foot zone ... He added it also is supported by the Americans for Non-Smokers Rights. …

Smoking rules could tighten
Milford (MA) Daily News, 2010-04-25
Charlie Breitrose/Daily News staff MetroWest Daily News

If Natick Town Meeting members approve changes to the town's bylaws, smoking in nursing homes, assisted-living centers and hospitals will be banned in town, unless facilities get special permission.

While the state prohibits smoking in most public buildings, the smoking regulations allow for smoking in some medical facilities.

Other area towns have similar sections in their bylaws. In Milford, for instance, hospitals and nursing homes prohibit smoking.

When the state law was crafted it originally included a section banning smoking in medical facilities, but that provision did not make it into the final version, said Jim White, director of Natick's Health Department. ...

Danvers selectmen nix public smoking ban
Danvers Herald - Cathryn Keefe - April 23, 2010

Danvers — The Board of Selectmen gave an unfavorable recommendation to a citizens’ petition to stop smokers from congregating near public entrances of office buildings and retail stores, which may be the kiss of death at Town Meeting.

Petitioner John Zavaglia had been turned down in 2007 in his attempt to make Danvers Square and other busy areas of town less hazardous to one’s health, particularly those with asthma, allergies, heart disease and more.

The board members talked about the imprecision of his petition, which has to pass muster with the Attorney General’s Office. ...

Maushope residents in Provincetown seek smoking ban
Wicked Local Provincetown - Pru Sowers - March 31, 2010

PROVINCETOWN — Second-hand cigarette smoke in the town-owned senior citizen apartment complex here is drawing attention from housing officials and state Rep. Sarah Peake.

Complaints from several non-smoking residents living in Maushope, the 24-unit subsidized senior apartment building at 44 Harry Kemp Road, led to a meeting with Provincetown Housing Authority members recently. And Peake has been looking into possible relief at the state level.

Maushope resident Towanda de Nagy McClure has written to both the housing authority, which manages Maushope, and Gov. Deval Patrick, asking that smokers be stopped from moving into Maushope until new policies can be enacted. She said two resident who are heavy smokers are causing second-hand smoke to circulate in the building.

“During the daytime, the second-hand smoke drifts up to the atrium and into the open living room windows and doors of the other tenants,” McClure wrote in a letter to Patrick. In another letter to the housing authority, she wrote, “Since ‘no smoking’ in public housing is getting a lot of press lately, it would be nice if the Provincetown Housing Authority was a leader in banning smoking in public housing, at least on the Cape.” ...

Plan for smoking ban revised
Springfield (MA) Union-News and Sunday Republican, 2010-03-30

AMHERST - The Board of Health has dropped a proposal to ban smoking on the Town Common during events requiring a permit.
Those events, for example, would have included the Taste of Amherst and the annual Extravaganja festival, a day-long event each spring featuring music, food and education about marijuana laws sponsored by the University of Massachusetts' Cannabis Reform Coalition.

The board has been reviewing the town's smoking regulations for nearly two years, said Health Director Julie Federman. The board held a public hearing in February and collected comments until the middle of March.
Federman is not certain when the board might vote on any of the proposed amendments. The next meeting is in late April.

The board is still considering whether to ban smoking outdoors at restaurants where restaurant employees serve customers. ...

Board of Health changes reach of proposed smoking ordinance
The Massachusetts Daily Collegian, 2010-03-25
Michelle Williams

Although Thursday’s Board of Health meeting did not end in a vote, it did alter the contours of the town of Amherst’s proposed smoking ordinance.

The committee decided to not include the widely used Amherst Commons in the proposed bylaws, which would ban smoking outside some businesses and at public events, as well as at town parks. The Board voted instead to leave the Commons off the areas where smoking would potentially be banned until it conducts further research on the feasibility of such measures.

On February 25, the Board of Health held an open Town Meeting for community members and business owners to discuss the prospective bill.
After considering the opinions discussed during the open forum meeting, as well as letters sent to the board, the committee decided not to include the Amherst Commons in the bylaws’ provisions. ...

Our view: Salem councilors right in rejecting smoking ban
The Salem News - March 19, 2010

A Salem City Council committee took the wiser course Tuesday in rejecting a proposal to ban smoking in the city's public housing units.

For one thing, as Assistant City Solicitor Jerry Parisella advised, the council lacks jurisdiction to impose rules on the tenants of these units, which were built and are operated with state funds.

A smoking ban has been a longtime cause of Councilor at large Thomas Furey who introduced a similar resolution shortly after being elected to the council 16 years ago. He feels his cause is bolstered by the fact Boston Mayor Thomas Menino has proposed a similar measure for public housing units in that city.

But just how far are we prepared to let government go in dictating what people can do in their own homes? ...

Smoking ordinance up for review, public comment
Amherst Bulletin - Scott Merzbach - March 12, 2010

Events on the Town Common and at other public outdoor spaces in town, such as Kendrick and Sweetser parks, could be entirely smoke free under new regulations being developed by the town's Board of Health.

But with these changes comes the possibility that nonprofit organizations that run these events, such as the Taste of Amherst and the Community Fair, could be subject to financial penalties if those attending do not comply with the new rules.

Amendments to the Amherst Regulation Prohibiting Smoking In Workplaces and Public Places, which would prohibit smoking in outdoor places where food is served, in public playgrounds and within 20 feet of municipal buildings, are continuing to move forward.

At a recent hearing on changes to the town's smoking bylaw, the Board of Health received comments from more than a dozen people, including from representatives of two organizations that schedule prominent events on the common. ...

Smoking crackdown for summer concerts in New Lenox
Southtown Star - Susan Demar Lafferty - March 9, 2010

New Lenox concertgoers will be able to enjoy lots of music in the Commons park this summer, but they will have to smoke their cigarettes elsewhere.

The village plans to ban smoking in the performing arts pavilion, gazebo, concession stand, restrooms, lawn and walking paths.

If you're caught lighting up in these areas, there will be a $25 fine. Smoking sections will be designated on the exterior sidewalks.

The ban will be in effect for all public events, not just the popular Triple Play Concert Series. ...

Selectmen propose beach smoking ban
Cape Cod (MA) Times, 2010-03-06

EASTHAM - At their meeting this week, the board decided to put an article on the May town meeting warrant asking for a prohibition on smoking from June 15 through Labor Day ...

Beacon Hill Roll Call
Wicked Local (MA), 2010-02-26
Bob Katzen/Beacon Hill Roll Call GateHouse News Service

BAN SMOKING IN SOME SENIOR HOUSING (H 1181) - The House gave initial approval to a bill requiring local housing authorities to provide for nonsmoking buildings in multi-building senior housing complexes or for a no-smoking floor in single-building senior housing.
The bill phases in the proposed law, grandfathers in current smokers and prevents their eviction. ...

Local doctor asks Board of Health to ban sale of cigarettes in Walpole pharmacies
Wicked Local (MA), 2010-02-25
Keith Ferguson Walpole Times

Calling the sale of tobacco products in pharmacies contradictory, Board of Health members will look into banning the sale of cigarettes in Walpole stores that also sell prescription medication.

Walpole resident Dr. Joseph Dorsey presented the topic to the board at their meeting Tuesday night, arguing it didn't make sense that pharmacies, which sell products to improve people's health, would peddle tobacco products.

The board has scheduled a public hearing at their next meeting to discuss changing town regulations to forbid stores with pharmacies from selling tobacco products. Health Director Robin Chapell said businesses would have to choose between selling cigarettes or prescriptions.

Boston, Needham, Newton and Uxbridge have passed similar measures statewide. ...

Clubs' smoking ban ignites debate
Worcester Telegram - Brian Lee - February 25, 2010

WEBSTER — Debate about the Board of Health’s decision to ban smoking in private clubs ignited last night during a meeting in the Police Department.

Representatives from two of the seven private clubs that allow smoking questioned the board, whose 2-1 vote on Feb. 1 forbids smoking in private establishments effective Monday. ...

Woman loses second-hand smoke case
Said real estate broker misled her about neighbor
Boston (MA) Globe, 2010-02-17
Jonathan Saltzman Globe Staff

A Suffolk County jury yesterday rejected a Boston woman's suit contending that her real estate broker misled her by concealing that a downstairs neighbor smoked cigarettes, in one of the first such lawsuits to go to trial in Massachusetts.

After deliberating less than an hour, the 14-member jury sided with the broker from Gibson Sotheby's International Realty over Alyssa Burrage, who said that tobacco fumes from the condominium below the one she bought for $405,000 aggravated her asthma, according to Jay S. Gregory, the Boston lawyer for the broker and real estate firm.

During the weeklong trial, Burrage, a 32-year-old advertising company employee, and her parents testified that they noticed the smell of smoke when they repeatedly visited the condo in Boston's South End in 2006. The broker, Joseph DeAngelo, told them that the seller must be a smoker and the stench would disappear, said Burrage. ...

Public housing faces smoking ban
Fitchburg (MA) Sentinel & Enterprise, 2010-02-11
Jack Minch, jminch

But Eugene Capoccia, executive director for the Leominster and Lunenburg housing authorities, wants to eliminate smoking in public housing starting with the Pearl Brook apartments.
He hopes to implement the policy in Lunenburg in the next few months.

Once the policy is worked out for Lunenburg, Capoccia said he would like to implement one in Leominster's public housing units as well.

"I've been pushing for it for quite some time because almost two years ago we had a fire in Lunenburg (in) which ... eight units were destroyed, there were a number of people displaced permanently, and one man lost his life," Capoccia said. "We feel pretty strongly about ending smoking in our senior housing."

The state Department of Housing and Community Development sent Capoccia an e-mail recently giving him permission to submit a proposal outlining details of the no-smoking proposal and how it would be enforced, he said. ...

Clubs rue ban board voted in
No smoking move debated
Worcester (MA) Telegram & Gazette, 2010-02-07

For Donald J. Cristina, a recent ban on smoking in private clubs is more than about lighting up.

"It's about rights that veterans fought and died to get," the five-year member of American Legion Post 184 on Houghton Street said Friday.

The Board of Health voted 2-1 Monday to ban smoking in private clubs.
Smoking is prohibited in public bars and restaurants in Massachusetts, but it is permitted in private clubs, with stipulations.

The ban goes into effect March 1. ...

Mayor Thomas Menino lights up battle of the butt
Launches crusade to ban smoking in public housing
By Jessica Fargen
Boston Herald, January 31, 2010

Mayor Thomas M. Menino is opening a new front in his war against tobacco: the city’s cigarette-riden housing projects, which he vows to make smoke-free in the next four years. …

Smoking ban for town beaches?
Wicked Local Eastham - January 27, 2010


Selectmen, after receiving several letters from townspeople, agreed Wednesday to place an article on town meeting warrant to ban smoking on town beaches. They plan to limit smoking to beach parking lots.

“I don’t want to debate the merits of smoking or not on beaches, Selectman Carol Martin said. “I’d support putting that question to the voters.” ...

Hearing on smoking ban draws no fire in Ayer
Lowell Sun, 2010-01-12

The town is one step closer to banning smoking at the town beach and park after the Board of Health's public hearing on the matter yielded no public feedback.

The Board of Health held a public hearing last night regarding the proposed smoking ban. The proposal calls for a fine of up to $300 for violators. The hearing drew three people, including Supervisor of Parks Jeff Thomas, who was there in case parks-related questions came up.

None of the audience members spoke. ...

Massachusetts' 'Model' Tobacco Cessation Benefit Spurs Unprecedented Drop in Smoking Rates, Heart Attacks, Asthma, and Birth Complications
PR Newswire, 2009-11-18
SOURCE Partnership for Prevention

A "model" tobacco cessation benefit offered to Massachusetts' Medicaid participants has produced an astounding 26% drop in smoking rates in only two and a half years, and has already been linked to decreases in heart attacks, hospitalizations for asthma and COPD, and a significant decrease in birth complications.

Researchers from the Massachusetts Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Program (MTCP) found that up to 38% fewer MassHealth cessation benefit users were hospitalized for heart attacks in the first year after using the benefit, and that 18% fewer benefit users visited the emergency room for asthma symptoms in the first year after using the benefit. Researchers also found that there were 12% fewer claims for adverse maternal birth complications since the benefit was implemented.

The Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services said more than 75,000 people -- a full 40% of MassHealth members who smoke -- have used the benefit to try to quit smoking. Cost savings are being studied, and all indications suggest they will be significant.
"It is clear from these latest findings that the Commonwealth's efforts to help people quit smoking is a sound investment," Executive Office of Health and Human Services Secretary JudyAnn Bigby said. . . .

"As the nation debates the future of its health care system, the national significance of this research cannot be understated," said Robert J. Gould, PhD, President and CEO of Partnership for Prevention, a national organization that advances policies and practices to prevent disease and improve the health of all Americans. "These findings demonstrate that prudent investments in preventive health today will have a dramatic and positive effect on our health care system tomorrow." ...

Newton aldermen snuff out tobacco in pharmacies
Newton TAB - John Hilliard - November 17, 2009

Newton — The Board of Aldermen approved a ban forbidding pharmacies from selling tobacco products in the city by a wide margin Monday night. The measure passed without discussion.

In an 18-3 vote, members approved the ban, which supporters said was intended to prevent those in the public health business from selling cigarettes and other tobacco items.

Aldermen Bill Brandel, Amy Sangiolo and Jay Harney cast the only nay votes against the ban. ...

Falmouth voters OK ban on beach smoking
Cape Cod (MA) Times, 2009-11-11
Aaron Gouveia

Voters at last night's town meeting gave a big thumbs down to those who like to light up on the town's public beaches.

Smoking is no longer allowed on any of the town's 11 public beaches, following a 128-60 vote that makes Falmouth the third community on the Cape to snuff out smoking on municipal beaches. Proponents of the ban cited litter in the form of errant cigarette butts in the sand, as well as the harm caused by secondhand smoke, as the main reasons to pass the smoking ban warrant item. . . .

In the end, a majority of town meeting voters said they were tired of "inconsiderate" people on the beach who refuse to move even after complaints and throw cigarette filters in the sand, where young children often find them while building sand castles.

VIDEO: Heavy smoking on Mass. college campuses
WWLP-22News (Springfield, MA), 2009-11-09

22News takes a hard look at cigarette smoking on Western Massachusetts college campuses.
This after a cigarette butt clean up on the Amherst campus of the University of Massachusetts yielded thousands of cigarette butts this weekend.

And that's just the butts that weren't properly discarded.

Students attending Holyoke Community College told 22News, "It's tough not becoming a smoker in this day and age. Holly Frederick told 22News "she started smoking because her father smokes". Nick Duclos told 22News, "It's hard not lighting up when all your friends are smokers". ...

Falmouth to vote on beach smoking ban
Cape Cod (MA) Times, 2009-11-07
Aaron Gouveia

Voters at Monday's annual town meeting could make all of Falmouth's 11 town beaches smoke-free if they approve a recommendation from Beach Supt. Donald Hoffer and the Falmouth Beach Committee. If it passes, Falmouth will become the third Cape town, in addition to Barnstable and Yarmouth, to ban tobacco products from all public beaches, Hoffer said.

"Cigarette butts and filters end up in the sand, thousands of them every year, and they're not biodegradable," Hoffer said. "We'd be ridding the beaches of noxious debris."

The warrant article -- one of 32 voters will decide on Monday -- stemmed from a unanimous 5-0 vote from the beach committee and simply states "the use of smoking materials on the public beaches of Falmouth is prohibited."

Newton takes public comment on extinguishing pharmacy tobacco sales
Wicked Local (MA), 2009-11-03
Dan Atkinson/Staff Writer

Residents can butt in at an aldermen meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 4 about a proposal to ban tobacco from being sold at CVS and other city pharmacies.

"We wanted to give a chance for the public to weigh in on an important issue," said Alderman Ted Hess-Mahan, one of the proposal's sponsors.
The public comment will be at 7:45 p.m. at City Hall on Wednesday. The Programs and Services Committee will host it in Room 222.

The ban would be similar to ones in Boston, Uxbridge and Needham ...

Ayer smoking ban may soon include fines
Nashoba Publishing , 2009-11-02
Hiroko Sato, Correspondent

But exposing young children to cigarette smoke is another matter, said Mayo, a town Parks Commissioner who inspired the board to ban smoking at the park and Sandy Pond Beach this summer.

Now, the Board of Health is teaming up with the Parks Commission to put more teeth into the regulation, possibly instituting some fines for violators.

The Ayer Board of Health is expected to discuss nuts and bolts of its potential smoking regulation at its biweekly meeting scheduled for Monday, Nov. 9. The purpose of the proposal is to add an enforcement component to the smoking ban that the Parks Commission adopted in August.

The commission recently had smoke-free signs up at the beach and park, but that's the extent of what the panel can do, according to Jeff Thomas, the town's parks supervisor.

Smoking ban in Ayer covers the great outdoors
Boston (MA) Globe, 2009-10-29
Taryn Plumb Globe Correspondent / October 29, 2009

It was a recent trip to the park that finally did it.

Jason Mayo watched as a father pushed his child on a swing, cigarette clenched between his teeth. On every upswing, the child got a face full of exhaled smoke.

"We can't tell people how to parent,'' said Mayo, a member of the Ayer parks and recreation committee, which has banned smoking in the town's recreation areas. "But all the other kids around him were inhaling that cigarette too.''
As antismoking sentiment sweeps across the country, nonsmokers are taking back bars, restaurants, and workplaces, snuffing smoking out of its indoor havens. And now some of them are turning their sights on the great outdoors.
Holliston and Upton have enacted similar outdoor smoking bans. And in another example of the widespread public crackdown on smoking, Needham has outlawed the sale of cigarettes in pharmacies and Newton and Framingham are trying to do the same.

Ayer's parks and recreation committee implemented its outdoor ban in August, and the panel may also pursue a bylaw at the spring Town Meeting. In a more sweeping stroke, the town's Board of Health is pursuing a regulation that would apply the prohibition to all town-owned property and land and impose a $100 fine on offenders. The board has set a public hearing on the subject for January.

Editorial: Smoking bans extended
Amherst Bulletin - October 8, 2009

It also makes sense, as the health board is considering, to ban smoking during large public gatherings on the common, such as the community fair or the ...

Proposal would send Newton pharmacy tobacco sales up in smoke
Newton TAB - Dan Atkinson - October 8, 2009

... on a proposed ban of tobacco products in pharmacies. The ban would be similar to ones in San Francisco, Boston and Needham. At a meeting Wednesday night, ...

Stage set for smoking ban
City Council acts to extinguish performances
Lowell (MA) Sun, 2009-10-07
Jennifer Myers

The City Council voted unanimously last night to petition the city's Statehouse delegation to change the law that allows performers to smoke on stage during performances.

The motion was made by City Councilor Rita Mercier at the behest of Pawtucketville resident Dick Sousa.

Sousa explained that he has attended plays at the Merrimack Repertory Theater for several years. Last year, there was one play during which the actors smoked on stage. This year there were two.

He said he has serious medical conditions and cannot be in an enclosed space where there is cigarette smoke. Therefore, he has been forced to end his subscription.

"I'm thinking of the word prop," said Mercier. "There are electric cigarettes that can do the job just fine. Use a prop and save a lung."

$100 fine proposed for drivers who smoke with kids in car
Boston Herald - October 1, 2009

Drivers smoking with children in the car would face $100 fines for each child under legislation that got a push in committee Thursday. Rep. Denis Guyer’s bill (H 3233) imposes fines of at least $100 for each child.

Drivers could duck the fine by performing five hours of community service or taking tobacco education or cessation courses.

Children, who breathe more quickly than adults, are particularly at risk of suffering second-hand smoke side effects, said Dr. Mona Sharifi, a pediatrician at Children’s Hospital. A child sitting in a car for roughly 10 minutes breathes in the equivalent of what a firefighter breathes during hours battling wildfires, she said. “It’s the one environmental exposure that stands out above the rest,” Sharifi said. ...

Board of Health eyes smoke-free buffer zone
Amherst Bulletin, 2009-09-25
Nick Grabbe Staff Writer

The Amherst Board of Health is considering a ban on smoking within 15 feet of town-owned buildings and in recreational areas.

But the board is reluctant to extend the ban to include outdoor restaurant tables, conservation areas and the town common.

Amherst was a pioneer in banning smoking in bars in the late 1990s, and the Board of Health took an enormous amount of grief for that move.

But it turned out that Amherst was ahead of its time, as all smoking in bars, restaurants and workplaces was banned in Massachusetts in 2004.

About 20 to 35 cities and towns have established no-smoking "buffer zones" around public buildings, according to D.J. Wilson, tobacco control director for the Massachusetts Municipal Association, who is advising the Board of Health. The buffer zones range from 10 feet to 25 feet.

"The thinking is that people shouldn't have to go through a gauntlet of smokers when it's the only way to achieve services" such as dog licenses, passports and landfill permits, he said.

Danvers High smoking ban fuels concerns
The Salem News - Ethan Forman - September 18, 2009

DANVERS — Now that Danvers High has banned smoking by students on streets and sidewalks around the school, some are wondering whether the move is legal.

"I do have a question about how far they can extend out their authority," said Sarah Wunsch, staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts. "Are they going to push the problem one block away and move the problem to another street corner?"

Wunsch said the issue raises questions about the school's authority to regulate students smoking off school grounds.

Town tobacco control regulations are silent about controlling smoking off school property, Public Health Director Peter Mirandi said. ...

Landlords, owners setting smoke-free policies
Belmont Citizen-Herald - September 17, 2009

Belmont, Mass. - With demand for smoke-free housing on the rise, an increasing number of landlords, management companies and condominium associations are implementing smoke-free policies. A smoke free building is an amenity that the vast majority of residents now want. Some residents are concerned about the health effects. Others simply do not want to smell smoke drifting in from a neighboring unit.

The trend towards smoke free rules is not surprising. A 2009 marketing survey conducted in Massachusetts found that 81% of prospective residents are immediately less interested in an apartment or condominium unit, if they smell tobacco smoke. Since all workplaces in Massachusetts went smoke free in 2005, residents may be asking themselves why they should be bothered by secondhand smoke at home.

For landlords, it makes sense. They see more interest in their rental properties and reduce their maintenance costs. Repainting smoke-stained walls, patching flooring burned by cigarettes and otherwise abating the stench of stale cigarette smoke is costly. By implementing a no smoking rule, landlord save hundreds even thousands of dollars. In fact, in a recent survey of Massachusetts landlords, 99% of them who had implemented a no smoking rule said it was a good decision. Over 90% of the landlords in the survey also said the rule was “self-enforcing.” ...

Danvers tries to ban sidewalk, street smoking
My Fox Boston - September 17, 2009

DANVERS, Mass. - Smoking has already been banned at Danvers High School, and now, there’s a push to stop people from smoking on nearby streets and sidewalks.

The School Committee voted this week to prohibit students from smoking during school hours on streets and sidewalks within sight of the Cabot Road high school, according to the office of the superintendent.

The move comes in response to what Principal Murray said was a growing number of complaints from area residents about students who get together to smoke at the corner of Cabot Road and Exeter Street, which is right across from the school’s front entrance. ...

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