A number of changes will soon come before the Pittsfield, Mass. Board of Health as they look to restrict access to tobacco products and limit the number of places people are able to smoke.
According to the Berkshire Eagle, the potential changes to the city’s existing regulations could include capping the number of stores able to sell tobacco within the city, requiring that those locations be a certain distance from schools or other places frequented by children, and banning the individual sale of low priced or flavored cigars. The threshold would likely be set at $2.50 for a cigar to fall into the low priced category.
The city currently has a ban on smoking in workplaces and public places, including those with outdoor seating.
Health Director Gina Armstrong told the paper that she expects the board to decide on the proposals at their May meeting, with a public hearing slated for June.