Smoking Measure Nixed

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Smoking Measure Nixed

05/15/2002
LUDLOW, Mass. -- While many lawmakers favor strong measures to against retailers, voters are still hesitant to hold minors accountable for possessing tobacco.

At a special town meeting in Ludlow, Mass, voters rejected a proposal to fine minors caught smoking on public school property. The School Committee, in conjunction with the Board of Health, made the proposal. It would have imposed a $100 first-offense fine for a student caught smoking, or in possession of tobacco products. A second offense would have meant a $200 fine, according to the (Mass.) Union-News.

The fine would have been accompanied by a three-day suspension for each offense. Enforcement of the measure would have been through a noncriminal ticket issued by Ludlow public school officials.