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Last updated 4:52PM ET
September 25, 2018
WFCR Local News
WFCR Local News
Smoking in Northampton's Private Clubs a Go
(wfcr) - The board of health in Northampton, Massachusetts has rejected a smoking ban in private clubs. In a 2 to 1 vote last week board members upheld the current state smoking law. But the board added one provision. Clubs must install ventilation systems in smoking rooms if non club members are using the building. The board of health's Jay Fleitman -- who voted against the ban -- says the majority of residents who came to discuss the issue were against it. While supporters focused on health issues, detractors stressed personal choice. Fleitman says the board has not yet determined the penalty for failing to install the ventilation systems. The Northampton vote marks a departure from decisions made in other towns in the region. The first wave of bans came in March 2006, when the state Supreme Court overturned a ruling giving local boards the authority to ban smoking in private clubs. This allowed the Athol Board of Health to ban smoking in the Lithuanian club, the Franco American club, and the American Legion Post 102.
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