Updated, November 18, 2014
The NY Times reports that there is a revolution building in Westminster, Massachusetts over the new ordinance to ban the sale of tobacco in their small town.
They would become the first town to have such a law and many don’t like it.
This isn’t because the residents are die-hard smokers. Only 17% of the townsfolk smoke. It’s because they see it as an infringement on their liberties. It will also seriously hurt the eight retailers in town who sell smokes.
From the Times:
“They’re just taking away everyday freedoms, little by little,” said Nate Johnson, 32, an egg farmer who also works in an auto body shop, as he stood outside the store last week. “This isn’t about tobacco, it’s about control,” he said.
“It’s un-American,” put in Rick Sparrow, 48, a house painter.
As Wayne and Deborah Hancock grabbed a shopping cart, they joined in. All quickly agreed that the next freedoms at risk would be guns and religion, prompting Mrs. Hancock, 52, a homemaker, to say that she was afraid to wear her cross.
“I’m thinking, ‘Am I going to be beheaded?’ ” she said, not entirely joking.
They have a petition circulating and so far 1200 of the 7200 residents have signed it.
Original Story: Nannychusetts wants to become the first town to ban tobacco. Westminster officials want their town to be the first to stop all sales of tobacco.
The Board of Health will soon hear public comment on the proposed regulation.
Thomas Carr, director of national policy at the American Lung Association commends them for doing it.
The town fathers cited a report that prognosticates the possible death of 5.6 million American children under 18 who will die because of smoking.
In addition to going too far in controlling the habits of others, it will negatively impact businesses.
Storekeepers are circulating petitions to stop the policy.
Nannys like to remove all choice and make people live by their standards. You can smoke pot, which also contains nicotine, but you can’t smoke because they say so.