History of Smoking Bans in Massachusetts

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Let us see the evolution of anti-smoking policies in the state of Massachusetts from 2004 till present days.

July 2004
First anti-smoking law comes into action on July 5 and it bans smoking in bars, restaurants and workplaces. There were established next fines: $100 for people caught violating it and $300 for business owners who permitted smoking in their establishment.

 January 2012:
Boston Housing Authority adopted a smoke-free policy which prohibited smoking in the entire apartment building including proper apartemts.

September 2013
Cambridge banned smoking in its public buildings.

December 2013
Smoking was prohibited in all city parks. The ban came into action on December 31 and it banned use of tobacco products and e-cigarettes in parks. Those caught violatibg the law are subjected to a $250 fine.

January – December 2013
A number of communities in the state of Massachussetts increased the age for tobacco sales.

February 2014
There was proposed to prohibit sale of discount cigarettes and other tobacco products in pharmacies. The initiative comes into effect on autumn 2014.

June 2014
Northampton banned smoking in many public and private places such as city parks, clubs, swimming areas, nursing homes, playgrounds, bus and taxi stations.

June 2014
Smoking was prohibited at Cape Cod National Seashore. The ban comes into action on June 19, 2014, and includes all six beaches.

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