I accidentally stumbled upon this tobacco law blog today and was quite surprised to hear about a bill being proposed in the state of Massachusetts by Rep. George Peterson Jr. (R-MA 9th Worcester District):
The Massachusetts legislature is considering a bill (House Bill 1512) that would ban all tobacco products in the state. Specifically, the bill would ban the distribution, possession or use of “any tobacco in any of its forms.” Violations are punishable by fines, and ultimately, imprisonment.
Now how is it that this story is seemingly being ignored by the mainstream media? Hello 60 Minutes, are you out there?
But, but.....: "All that we are really desire is the proliferation of non-smoking sections."
The slippery slope has done gone and slided into the dark halls of madness.
Oh, but rest assured, the government still needs our money:
Given the state’s reliance on tobacco tax revenues, the bill is not expected to progress.
"Not expected to progress." ..for now....
Massachusetts Bill Would Ban Tobacco Products — Troutman Sanders Tobacco Team