Westminster drops proposal to ban tobacco sales

November 19, 2014 10:39 PM

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Westminster drops proposal to ban tobacco sales

WESTMINSTER — A proposal to ban all tobacco sales in this small central Massachusetts town was withdrawn by the local board of health Wednesday, one week after an unruly audience forced the local board of health here to abruptly close a public hearing.

The proposed ban, which would have been the first of its kind in the state, has drawn the ire of opponents concerned about its effect on the local economy, as well as protesters who saw it as a sign of excessive government interference.

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