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Arlington to Mull Banning Smoking in Workplaces, Public Spaces

The news comes a month after the town voted to raise the cigarette-buying age to 21 over the next two years.

The Arlington Board of Health will consider Wednesday, June 19, banning smoking in all workplaces and public spaces in town.

Last month, the board passed new tobacco regulations that, among other steps, will raise the minimum age to buy cigarettes in town from 18 to 21 over the next two years.

On June 19, the board will discuss adopting “Regulations Prohibiting Smoking in Workplaces and Public Places” (attached). Public places include town-owned parks, playgrounds, athletic fields, beaches and swimming areas.

If the board passes the proposed regulations, anyone found in violation would receive a $100 fine for the first offense, a $200 fine for the second offense (within two years), and a $300 fine for every subsequent offense (within two years of the second offense).

The board’s meeting is at 5:30 p.m. in the first floor conference room of the Senior Center. The public is invited to attend the meeting and provide comments.

The three-member board consists of Michael Fitzpatrick, Dr. Marie Walsh Condon and Kenneth Kohlberg. The regulations do not need Town Meeting’s approval, as the town’s health regulations are separate from the town bylaws.

Do you support the proposed regulations? Let us know by posting a comment below.

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Joan McNulty June 18, 2013 at 01:58 PM
Been there- done that.Anything else you want to make me do? I bet your the type who preaches tolerance unless it's something YOU don't like...
Mark Kaepplein June 18, 2013 at 10:48 PM
So, anybody going to the public hearing tomorrow night at 5:30PM at the senior Center? That can't possibly be an inconvenient time for anybody, can it?
Joan McNulty June 19, 2013 at 02:57 PM
It's what they do in this town- put these meeting at a time hardly anyone who works for a living can attend- except the lunatic fringe - and get it passed. What else is new?
T June 19, 2013 at 04:33 PM
And so the excuses begin, its all the town's fault, poor, poor wing-nuts, the town didn't check with me before scheduling the meeting. I didn't get an invite delivered on a silver platter. Before the two of you post this nonsense did you ever think to check out who the Board Members are? The Chair is a dentist with his own practice, what some would refer to as a "small business owner". The other members are a Dr, and a lawyer. I don't know what classifies in the wing-nut mind as someone who "works for a living", but I will give them the benefit of the doubt and say they probably put in a good days work. And yes Joan, "they" do what some people do in this town; volunteer time and effort for the good of the town. Something that apparently most townie wing-nuts can't be bothered with as it would cut into their internet ranting time.
Joan McNulty June 20, 2013 at 05:57 PM
Only Doctors,Lawyers and the like have the luxury of most likely being owners...and can leave work when they want. The rest of us work regular jobs with a boss dictating our day. Some of us even work more than one job so we can afford to stay in this town with it's high property taxes paying for stupid things like multi million dollar dog walking parks...Maybe if this town learned how to budget correctly like most of the rest of us have to do they wouldn't have to keep overiding 21/2..I'd love to volunteer T but I'm too busy working to survive.


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