REQUIRE RETAILERS THAT SELL TOBACCO TO ALSO SELL PRODUCTS TO HELP SMOKERS QUIT

By Bob Katzen

Another bill on its way to a study committee would require any retailer that sells tobacco products to also sell at least one type of nicotine replacement therapy drug or device that has been approved by the FDA for assisting with helping people quit tobacco. Violators would be fined $100 for the first offense, $200 for a second offense and $300 for a third or subsequent offense.

“We know the obvious dangers that come from tobacco use, but far too many people are still addicted to these products,” said sponsor Sen. Brendan Crighton (D-Lynn) who plans to file the bill again next year. “We must ensure that people know tobacco cessation treatments are readily available and this bill would certainly help achieve

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