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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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
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 ...
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
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. ...
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.
extends smoking ban to include private clubs, municipal parks, recreation
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.
health officials tighten anti-smoking restrictions to include many outdoor
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
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.
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. ...
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 ...
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).
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.
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 ...
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, ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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...
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 ...
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 legislatures Public
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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
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 ...
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....
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 ...
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.
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
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.
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 ...
When theres smoke theres 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...
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, ...
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.
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.
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.
area shop owners say CVS tobacco ban means better business for local
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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
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 ...
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.
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
of recreational marijuana planning to see what voters think of full
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."
Deerfield adopts stricter policies regulating sales, use of tobacco
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
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, ...
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 ...
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 ...
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
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
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.
City Council might prohibit smoking in public parks, just outside municipal
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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.
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. ...
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.
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.
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. ...
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. ...
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 ...
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 ...
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?
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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.
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
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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?
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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 ..
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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
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 ...
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.
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...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
adopts regulation to put electronic cigarettes under umbrella of tobacco
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.
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 ...
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.
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
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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
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
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 ...
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 ...
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
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
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.
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
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
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 ...
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
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 ...
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,
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
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.
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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. ...
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.) ...
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.
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...
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 ...
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
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.
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
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
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 ...
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 ...
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. Were having a hearing on June 24. Well
discuss it that night, listen for public comment and could adopt it
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.
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.
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
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. ...
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.
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. ...
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
marijuana proposal may change BU policy, rules
Daily Free Press (subscription) - April 4, 2013
Boston Universitys 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 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
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 towns 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?
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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 peoples
exposure to secondhand smoke, BCC students, faculty and staff wont
be allowed to smoke on BCC property, except for inside their cars. ...
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
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
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 ...
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 ...
regulations approved by Westwood Board of Health
Westwood Press - February 23, 2013
WESTWOOD Its no jokeon April Fools Day, Westwoods
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.
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
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 ...
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.
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
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
Another reason to quit smoking
Springfield (MA) Union-News and Sunday Republican February 7,
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
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 ...
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.
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.
to restrict medical marijuana spark legal questions
Boston Globe - January 31, 2013
Many area communities are mobilizing in response to the states
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 dont
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 cant really be compared to other measures
to restrict, say, adult video stores, so this is new terrain for local
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...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
Ban Includes Electronic Cigarettes, South Beach Smoke Wants More People
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
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.
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. ...
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
Countys 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 ...
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 towns
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
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 states
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. "Its two-fold,"
he said. "So the usage, the concern is because theyre not
FDA approved it has not been totally clearly determined what is being
exhaled by the user and whats in that vapor, and the second problem
is to limit it to adult-only sales."
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 ...
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 ...
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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
Under the new rule, stores like Rite Aid on Avenue
A that sell health care products will no longer be able to sell tobacco
YOVINO, Milton: Wrong decision on smoke-free buffer zone
The Patriot Ledger - August 21, 2012
The Milton Board of Healths 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 ...
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 ...
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. ...
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. ...
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.
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
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 ...
'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. ...
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, ...
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 ...
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.
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. ...
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 ...
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 ...
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
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 stadiums seating but was
allowed in designated areas on the edge. The ban will be in effect for
all NFL games, concerts, and other events.
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 ...
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 ...
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?
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 casinos best customers. With Massachusetts
preparing to open smoke-free gambling resorts, the industrys 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.
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.
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.
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
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, ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 healths
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.
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
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
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 ...
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
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 ...
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. ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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?
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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
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 ...
considers tobacco sales ban for pharmacies
Enterprise (MA) News - May 2, 2012
Selectmen on Monday reviewed proposed changes in the towns tobacco
regulations that would ban the sale of tobacco products in pharmacies
and increase fines for tobacco violations. ...
to Up Tobacco Legal Age to 19
Town joining Needham and Brookline in raising minimum age to purchase
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.
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.
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.
regulations proposed by the Board of Health would ban the sale of tobacco
products at pharmacies, including places like CVS, Walgreens and ...
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.
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
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.
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,
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 towns
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.
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
vote hooks city with hypocrisy
Worcester Telegram - April 12, 2012
Its time to review the citys 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, ...
bar at station gets an interim OK
Worcester Telegram - April 12, 2012
The City Council has given preliminary approval to an amendment to
the citys 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.
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 ...
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, ...
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
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 ...
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.
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. ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
eyes ban on tobacco sales at pharmacies
Health panel may consider regulation at next meeting
Lawrence (MA) Eagle-Tribune, 2012-03-30
NORTH ANDOVER Right now, you can go to a pharmacy and buy life-saving
medicines, such as Lipitor or similar drugs that lower cholesterol.
Tobacco products do not belong in Milford's pharmacies
MetroWest Daily News - March 30, 2012
Re: Milford Board of Healths 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).
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 ...
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,
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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
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.
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 ...
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; ...
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 ...
Hospital pledges to go 'smoke-free'
Wicked Local - November 3, 2011
Woburn, MA -- Winchester Hospital takes its responsibility as stewards
of the communitys health seriously. Consistent with this mission,
the hospitals 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. ...
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,
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 ...
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
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. ...
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
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 mayors office. ...
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 ...
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
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
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. ...
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.
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. ...
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 ...
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. ...
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, ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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
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. ...
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 ...
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 ...
Board Of Health Eye E-Cigarette Ban
Andy McKeever iBerkshires Staff
The Board of Health is looking at bumping up the town tobacco policy
to restrict electronic cigarettes. ...
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. ...
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 ...
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 ...
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
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,
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 offices 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 towns 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 ...
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 citys 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 Cambridges public places, the feasibility of enforcing a ban
and the feasibility of an outreach campaign that would precede enforcement
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
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 peoples
Board of Health members reopened Walpoles 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 hasnt
received complaints from the businesses about the new regulations ...
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. ...
Health Department announces smoke-free housing contest
Brookline TAB - November 8, 2010
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
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 Departments website
Things to know about Belmont's Special Town Meeting on Nov. 8
Belmont Citizen-Herald - Patrick Ball - November 4, 2010
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 ...
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
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. ...
Impact of Massachusetts Smoke-Free Workplace Laws on Acute Myocardial
American Journal of Public Health [Epub ahead of print], September 23,
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.
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
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. ...
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. ...
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
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. ...
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. ...
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. ...
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
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
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. ...
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.
senators want Mass. to fold on gambling proposal
Fitchburg (MA) Sentinel & Enterprise, 2010-06-24
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. ...
halt debate on casinos
MassLive.com - Dan Ring - June 24, 2010
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. ...
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, Everetts public
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
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
"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. ...
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. ...
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.
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
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.
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
ones 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 Generals Office. ...
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. ...
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. ...
of Health changes reach of proposed smoking ordinance
The Massachusetts Daily Collegian, 2010-03-25
Although Thursdays Board of Health meeting did not end in a vote,
it did alter the contours of the town of Amhersts proposed smoking
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
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. ...
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? ...
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. ...
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. ...
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 ...
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. ...
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
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.
smoking ban ignites debate
Worcester Telegram - Brian Lee - February 25, 2010
WEBSTER Debate about the Board of Healths 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. ...
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. ...
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
rue ban board voted in
No smoking move debated
Worcester (MA) Telegram & Gazette, 2010-02-07
Brian Lee TELEGRAM & GAZETTE STAFF
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
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. ...
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 citys cigarette-riden housing projects, which he vows to make
smoke-free in the next four years.
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 dont want to debate the merits of smoking or not on beaches,
Selectman Carol Martin said. Id support putting that question
to the voters. ...
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. ...
'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."
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. ...
voters OK ban on beach smoking
Cape Cod (MA) Times, 2009-11-11
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.
Heavy smoking on Mass. college campuses
WWLP-22News (Springfield, MA), 2009-11-09
22News takes a hard look at cigarette smoking on Western Massachusetts
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". ...
to vote on beach smoking ban
Cape Cod (MA) Times, 2009-11-07
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
"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
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 ...
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
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.
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
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.
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 ...
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, ...
set for smoking ban
City Council acts to extinguish performances
Lowell (MA) Sun, 2009-10-07
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."
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 Guyers 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 Childrens 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. Its
the one environmental exposure that stands out above the rest,
Sharifi said. ...
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
"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.
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. ...
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. ...
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, theres a push to stop people from smoking on nearby streets
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 schools front entrance. ...