Bill Seeks Statewide Ban On Flavored Tobacco In MA

It is going to become a battleground issue in the state

A state senator says Cumberland Farms’ lawsuit against six local boards of health – including Framingham’s – is proof of the need for a state law banning products like some of the most popular Juul pods and more.

Westborough-based Cumberland Farms, which operates more than 200 stores in Massachusetts, last week sued the boards of health in Barnstable, Billerica, Framingham, Sharon, Somerville and Walpole in an attempt to block the prohibition on flavored tobacco at convenience stores. The company said the local regulations “have created anti-competitive marketplaces that grant monopolies to specialty stores like smoke shops and smoking bars.”

“We are proud of our excellent compliance rates in selling age-restricted products. Nobody does it better than Cumberland Farms, which is why we find the new regulations so nonsensical and frustrating,” Brian Glennon, general counsel for Cumberland Farms, said. “We’re simply calling for a level playing field where we can continue to serve all of our customers, without unelected local officials taking away their right to choose where to shop and what to buy.”

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