In Williamstown, Massachusetts the Board of Health voted on Monday to enact new tobacco regulations that changes what products can be sold and limits where you can smoke.
The hearing which had 4 people speak in favor of the ban, only had received written communication from a couple of New England retail merchants associations against the ban.
The hearing which was over in less than 25 minutes had a unanimous vote in favor of the new laws which go into effect Jan 5, 2015.
On that date smoking will be prohibited in bars, and restaurants both inside and outside. Pharmacies are banned from selling any tobacco product, and the ban of all flavored tobacco will go into effect. Also, no single cigars will be allowed to be sold, and all “premium” must be over $2.50 to qualify to be sold as a single. .
The town will now consider raising the tobacco age to 21 years old at a future meeting.
Williamstown, MA was founded in 1749 is home to 8,500 residents over 46.87 square miles