Generational tobacco ban shun civil liberties

Bans of any kind do not work, but applying them to adult-aged prohibition is an attack on the principle that adults in our country have the freedom to choose to use legal products.

Peabody will consider snuffing out tobacco sales

Peabody Board of Health Director Sharon Cameron said that the board is looking to start discussions on the tobacco-free generation proposal, which would prohibit the sale of tobacco products to people born after a certain year, similar to what other nearby cities and towns have recently enacted, as early as next month.

“Some of the communities nearby are moving forward with having public hearings,” Cameron said, adding that they themselves have been receiving inquiries regarding the matter. “I think there’s a lot to this…this is a big decision to make.”

Cameron said that they want to properly post an agenda on the discussion so that people are aware of it, even though a hearing that would change regulations has not been scheduled yet. “I wanted you to start thinking about it,” Cameron said to the other Board members.

Board of Health to consider lifelong tobacco sales ban to persons born after 2004

READING – The town’s Board of Health will next month consider a proposal to impose a local lifetime tobacco purchase ban for all persons who haven’t turned 21 by Jan. 1, 2025.

During a remote meeting held earlier this month via video-conferencing service Zoom, Public Health Director Adetokunbo Solarin contended the Town of Reading should consider the enactment of the new local tobacco controls, which would apply to sales of all products containing nicotine within the community.

A generational ban on tobacco products is a bad idea

When the city of Brookline passed a generational ban on tobacco products in 2020, it was an extraordinary legal maneuver. The age-gating of goods on an incremental level prevents anyone born after January 1, 2000 from buying any tobacco-related products within city limits.

It is a policy dreamed up by many in public health who have sought to replicate it elsewhere, including in New Zealand, Malaysia, and, now, the UK.

Now, however, a constitutional challenge in the Massachusetts courts is revisiting whether the health ordinance is legal to enforce. And it’s about time.