Procedural Error Causes Bangor To Nix Its Ban On Flavored Tobacco
I'm not a smoker or vaper, so I have no personal opinion, but...
Back in my 20s, smoking in bars was commonplace, and just simply part of the deal. I guess I didn't mind that the ban happened back in the early 2000s, but I didn't really care. I did think it was going to be a bit of a nightmare for club owners, having people in and out all night.
Because the city didn't provide affected businesses enough notice of the changes, the city will have to begin the entire process over again.
Restaurants, I didn't mind at all that it went away. The smoking sections were sort of okay. But even though the smoke wasn't being blown in your face, you could smell it throughout the entire restaurant. But it's also not lost on me, that as the years go by, smokers do have fewer public places where they can light up.
These days the fervor is over the flavor.
Last fall, the Bangor City Council finally got things out of committee and voted to ban the sale of all flavored tobacco products within city limits. After all the legal-schmegal stuff was sorted out, the new law was supposed to go into effect on June 1st, according to WABI. But a procedural error put the brakes on the whole process.
Because the city didn't provide affected businesses enough notice of the changes, the city will have to begin the entire process over again. Bangor set the ball rolling for other towns, which has been all over the news. Portland and Brunswick followed suit pretty quickly. It's fair to assume other towns may also enact similar policies as time goes on.
The celebrating may be short-lived if Bangor fixes its error and moves forward. To what end, some folks wonder. It may keep it from being sold in Bangor, but Brewer and Hampden and Orono aren't that far away. Will those towns ban them too?