Pelham, Mass. Quickly Retracts Smoking Ban

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Almost as soon as the ink was dry on a smoking ban in Pelham, Mass., the town’s board of selectmen quickly rescinded it at their meeting Tuesday night after learning that they might not have enough legal ground to enforce it.

Chairman Ed Gleason said that “we had no statutory authority to do anything the state has not approved; we cannot ban smoking in public areas,” according to the Lowell Sun.

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The board had been reviewing a list of prohibited activities at town parks during its June 2 meeting, which included littering and alcohol consumption, and decided to add smoking to the list.

Pelham is home to just over 1,400 residents. It resides in Hampshire County and is considered part of the Springfield Metropolitan Area, approximately 90 miles west of Boston.

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