About 20 years ago, Philippe Bouvier decided to stop selling cigarettes in pharmacies Marlborough.
The city was one of the first regions to ban smoking in restaurants and Bouvier like smoking.
“I had a very big proponent of not smoking,” the owner of the pharmacy said Bouvier. “That’s when I said to myself:” I do not believe in it, and I’m promoting it. ”
Although the Bouvier remove tobacco products voluntarily, a growing number of communities in Massachusetts forces pharmacies to remove tobacco from their shelves.
Wellesley and Southborough Local Boards of Health approved the bans that affect pharmacies and other businesses such as supermarkets, which contain pharmacies, in accordance with the Municipal Association of Massachusetts data.
Milford, Northborough, Shrewsbury and Westborough shall consider measures, said Tina Grosowsky, project coordinator for Central Massachusetts Tobacco Free Community Partnership.
Partnership, who worked to ban smoking in restaurants, in favor of the ban in pharmacies as a means of curbing youth access to tobacco products and to remove the mixed messages are sent when the pharmacy is the sale of tobacco, Grosowsky said.
“Pharmacies need to be promoting healthy products,” she said.
Grosowsky said pharmacies are not traditionally opposed the ban.
“We do not want health care institutions promoting a product that kills people”, Southborough Board of Health Chairman Louis Fazen said. “No one who participates in the health care system should be number 1 supplier of our enemy.”
Federal statistics show more than 1,000 people a day die from tobacco use, Fazen said.
When Southborough approved the ban in 2010, some people worry Board of Health had overstepped its boundaries, he said.
“As with any public health mandate, will be somewhat reduced,” said Fazen. “I think the way it should be. People need to talk to both sides.”
Towing was strong enough in Uxbridge, to convince the Board of Health to lift the ban, said Peter Speaker, a member of the Board of Health and the prohibition of the enemy.
Speaker does not smoke, but said that people should not be restricted in where adults can buy cigarettes.
“I absolutely hate smoking,” he said. “Before, when they smoke in restaurants, I would not sit at a table with an ashtray. Nevertheless, it was my choice.”
After the ban in place, “there is no logical end point,” he said. “You could say the government should determine when and how we eat.”
Northborough Health Agent Jamie Terry told her City Council discussed a ban on the health of the two sessions as part of broader discussions about changing the rules of tobacco in the city.
“I think there are many other provisions that are subject to change, that will be affected,” she said, noting that the council is also considering a ban of tobacco use in municipal ownership.
In Milford, Department of Health will consider this issue tomorrow, Health Agent Paul Mazzuchelli said.
Mazzuchelli said there are many advantages to the ban. But pharmacies in the city have traditionally followed the laws that prohibit sale to minors, while some gas stations or stores have been caught violating it, he said.
The implementation of the ban and then go to the sale of tobacco products for businesses, which sometimes break the law, he said.
At Wellesley, who approved the ban last year, the benefits outweigh concerns about loss of profits by prohibiting the sale of tobacco products, the Health Department Chair Shepard Cohen said.
“It works,” Cohen said. “He sent the message.”