GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Some state lawmakers are working on a bill that would make it impossible for cities and towns to straight out ban the sale of cigarettes.
This bill comes after the town of Westminster tried to ban the sale of all tobacco products, unsuccessfully. The idea of cities and towns banning the sale of cigarettes, or simply making it harder to buy by raising the legal tobacco buying age is all in an effort to create a healthier population.
Some people told 22News, straight out banning cigarettes may be going a bit too far. “Well, I don’t smoke and I don’t think people should, it’s not good for you, but it seems extreme to ban the sale entirely,” said Edward Schwerin of Greenfield.
Federal, state and town governments try to restrict the sale of things believed to be harmful to people, but one Orange resident told 22News, this is not the same. “Well, things they ban are things like substances that alter your mind. People doing drugs can commit crimes, but people who are smoking cigarettes aren’t out committing crimes,” said Michael Gilbert of Orange.
Just this month, the town of Greenfield raised the legal buying age of tobacco to 21 years old.