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Massachusetts town weighs nation's 1st tobacco ban

from The Associated Press via Morning Sentinel

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 Nov. 5, the Board of Health will hear public comment on a proposed regulation that could make Westminster the first municipality in the U.S. to ban sales of all tobacco products within town lines. more


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