Northborough Will Consider Smoking Ban Feb. 12

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The Northborough Board of Health will consider a ban on smoking in some public places in February.
The Northborough Board of Health will consider a ban on smoking in some public places in February. Photo Credit: File photo

NORTHBOROUGH, Mass. — The Northborough Board of Health will hold a public hearing on Feb. 12 to consider new tobacco regulations that would ban smoking on several town properties.

If the new regulations are accepted, residents would be prohibited from smoking on the following premises:

  • Northborough Library (34 Main St.)
  • Northborough Senior Center (119 Bearfoot Road)
  • Police Station (211 Main St.)
  • Fire Station located (11 Pierce St.)
  • Northborough Town Hall (63 Main St.)
  • DPW Highway Garage (190 Main St.)

Currently, residents may smoke outside of these buildings as long as they are standing a distance away from them.

Another proposed change in tobacco regulations would extend the probationary period for businesses caught selling tobacco to minors. Currently, the penalty is one year of probation, during which time businesses that continue to sell to minors may face fines or the loss of their tobacco sales permit. The Board of Health is seeking to increase that penalty to two years.

A copy of the draft regulations can be found on the town website. The public hearing will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Northborough Town Hall.

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