Law | Worcester, MA Considers Smoking Penalties

The city of Worcester, Massachusetts is taking up two new measures to broaden the city’s restrictions of smoking on Tuesday.

The first measures calls on City Manager Edward Augustus Jr to increase buffers around specific buildings and increasing penalties for violators.

The second measure calls for the city’s lawyers to change the penalty for violated the tobacco ordinance to a criminal offense and creating a revolving account to help fund compliance.

The third measure asks the City Manager to seek other ways for funding enforcement.

Worcester is home to 182,500 residents over 38.6 square miles and was founded in 1673.