By AMY CRAWFORD
WESTMINSTER, Mass. (AP) — The cartons of Marlboros, cans of Skoal and packs of Swisher Sweets are hard to miss stacked near the entrance of Vincent's Country Store, but maybe not for much longer: All tobacco products could become contraband if local health officials get their way.
This sleepy central Massachusetts town of 7,700 has become an improbable battleground in America's tobacco wars. On Wednesday, the Board of Health will hear public comment on a proposed regulation that could make Westminster the first municipality in the United States to ban sales of all tobacco products within town lines.
"To my knowledge, it would be the first in the nation to enact a total ban," said Thomas Carr, director of national policy at the American Lung Association. "We commend the town for doing it."
Town health agent Elizabeth Swedberg said a ban seemed like a sensible solution to a vexing problem.
"The tobacco companies are really promoting products to hook young people," she said, pointing to 69-cent bubblegum-flavored cigars, electronic cigarettes and a new form of dissolvable smokeless tobacco that resembles Tic Tac candies. "The board was getting frustrated trying to keep up with this."
Yeah, not so fast there you control freak.
So many people have called Town Hall about the proposal, the Board of Health — whose meetings about septic system updates and mosquito control rarely attract an audience — will hold Wednesday's public hearing in an elementary school cafeteria rather than in its usual second-floor conference room.
Something tells me these elitist sonsabitches may be in for a surprise at that meeting.
Let me tell you something, smokers will stare Death in the face and overcome any obstacle to obtain a cigarette if they are out.
Trust me on this.
If by some miracle this ban passes you can kiss a bunch of little convenience stores goodbye the next day.
The article even states that if it passes people will just drive down the road where it is legal and stock up.
It never ceases to amaze me though that some fucking people have nothing better to do than tell other people how they need to live their lives, constantly.
Who the fuck died and made you the boss of any damn thing?
That first group needs to be locked in a room full of smokers without any cigarettes for 24 hours and if they survive see if they don't suddenly find a new hobby, in a new town, in a hurry.