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Merrimack Valley

March 14, 2014

Board may toughen regulations against tobacco products

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He said he’s not persuaded that people who use e-cigarettes will stay away from real butts.

“It is in our nature to be compulsive about things,” MacMillan, a gastroenterologist, said.

Two years ago, the Board of Health, with prompting from both Trowbridge and MacMillan, asked the drugstores in town to voluntarily stop selling tobacco products. Both noted that pharmacies are health care facilities – and suggested it’s incongruous for such an establishment to sell products that are proven killers.

CVS, which operates two pharmacies in North Andover, recently announced that it plans to discontinue the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products. Trowbridge, noting that the corporation made this decision without being ordered to do so by a governmental agency.

“It is a tremendous step forward,” Trowbridge, an oral surgeon, said.

The Board of Health will discuss the proposed regulations at its next meeting, which has not been scheduled yet. A public hearing will then take place at a subsequent meeting, perhaps in April or May, Trowbridge said.

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