It wasn’t on the agenda at last night’s Board of Selectmen meeting, but before things got underway I had a chance to ask the selectmen what they thought of the Board of Health’s recent decision to ban tobacco sales in Southborough pharmacies.
“They’re trying to legislate conduct. You can’t do that,” Selectman John Rooney said. “It’s a very, very slippery slope.”
Selectman Bill Boland agreed. “Cigarettes are legal. I don’t think it’s appropriate for them to ban their sale,” Boland said. “What’s next? Whole milk? Candy bars?”
Boland said he would rather see the pharmacies make the decision not to sell tobacco instead of the town. “Let Walgreens make the decision if they want to,” he said.
They may not agree with the new regulations, but there’s not much the selectmen can do about them. Regulating the sale of tobacco falls squarely within the jurisdiction of the Board of Health. As a board, the selectmen have no say in the decision.
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