WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Westminster could become the first municipality in the U.S. to ban the sale of all tobacco products.
On Wednesday, The Board of Health will hear what the public has to say about the proposed regulations that would prohibit the sale of tobacco in town lines.
A petition against the ban has already collected 800 signatures. Statewide, all workplaces, restaurants, and bars have been smoke free since 2004.
22News found out how western Massachusetts residents would react if their town took that law a step further.
Cara Deane of Orange said, “If a town really wants to do that, not sell, I don’t think it’s good for the town to tell you the truth.”
Reilly Wieners of West Springfield said, “I definitely think they’d have good intentions and are trying to do the right thing, it’s healthy and everything, but I don’t think that it would be practical.”
Northampton banned smoking in public and private clubs, at city parks, playgrounds, athletic fields, swimming areas, and nursing homes in June. Springfield doesn’t allow smoking inside buildings. In Hampshire County, Amherst Housing Authority properties are also smoke free.