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Massachusetts town weighs nation's 1st tobacco ban

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A small town in Massachusetts is weighing a ban on all tobacco products. A small town in Massachusetts is weighing a ban on all tobacco products.

The sleepy central Massachusetts town of Westminster has become an improbable battleground in America's tobacco wars.

The Board of Health will hold a public hearing Wednesday on a proposed regulation that could make Westminster the first municipality in the United States to ban the sale of all tobacco products.

Westminster health agent Elizabeth Swedberg says she objects to tobacco companies promoting products to young people, such as 69-cent bubblegum-flavored cigars, electronic cigarettes and a new form of dissolvable smokeless tobacco that resembles Tic Tac candies.

But local shops - and local smokers - oppose a total ban. One merchant, Brian Vincent, has gathered more than 800 signatures on a petition against it.

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