A public gathering in the central Massachusetts town for the first in the nation ban on tobacco and nicotine sales has ended prematurely after what officials described as increasingly unruly crowds.
Police escorted out the 3 member Westminster Board of Health which had proposed the ban. The board repeatedly asked the crowd to calm down so as to hear dozens who had signed up to speak.
The meeting was held in a school auditorium and was attended by hundreds of people many opposing the proposed ban. The people were carrying flags and protest signs, had taken part in a rally earlier.
The board said that the proposed ban in tobacco or nicotine sales will be helpful in keeping the products away from young people.
However, many in the tobacco industry feel that the new law will not stop the use of tobacco but will drive away customers and set up a thriving illegal trade of tobacco.