By Tony Newman

A small town in Massachusetts made national news recently when the local health board moved to make Westminster, MA the first place in the country where no one could buy cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco.

You can predict the rationale behind the proposed tobacco ban.

“Cigarettes kill!”

“400,000 people die prematurely from smoking every year!”

“We need to protect the kids!”

“The Board of Health permitting these establishments to sell these dangerous products that, when used as directed, kill 50 percent of its users, ethically goes against our public health mission,” said Ms. Andrea Crete, chairwoman of the Board of Health, in …read more