Health board efforts help keep teens tobacco free

Feb 09, 2016

To the Editor:

I am writing to commend the Wareham Board of Health for recently passing comprehensive Enhanced Youth Access Tobacco Regulations. By restricting the sale of flavored tobacco products to adult-only establishments, requiring minimum cigar packaging, and raising the age of sale to 21 among other provisions, the Board of Health is doing their part to protect Wareham’s youth.

The policies that the Board of Health is considering will protect youth who are particularly vulnerable to nicotine addiction and are targeted by the tobacco industry. In a recent report, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies concluded that increasing the minimum legal age to purchase tobacco from 18 to 21 will have a positive impact on reducing youth initiation of tobacco use, particularly in adolescents aged 15 to 17. According to the report, if the minimum legal age was raised to 21 now, by the time today’s teenagers are adults, we would see a 12 percent decrease in smoking rates.

By restricting the sale of flavored tobacco products, a variety of products such as bubblegum, passion fruit, blueberry and strawberry banana will only be sold in adult-only tobacco retail establishments. Both the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Surgeon General have deemed flavored tobacco products “starter products” that help establish smoking habits that can lead to long-term addiction. Without local regulations like these, big tobacco can continue to target young people with products that are cheap, sweet, and easy to get.

I thank the Wareham Board of Health for fighting back against these tobacco industry tactics and working hard to update their tobacco regulations, which will be implemented on April 1. With coordinated action between community members and governing bodies, the next generation could be tobacco free.


Kathleen Wilbur,

Southeast Tobacco-Free Community Partnership,

Seven Hills Behavioral Health

Comments (35)
Posted by: Spherebreaker | Feb 09, 2016 14:58

Ms Wilbur, Your letter does not address the loss of choice by the overwhelming larger percentage of people over the age of 21. This regulation is far more damaging to ones personal  freedoms than to the 3 or 4 kids you THINK may or may not begin using tobacco. I have been using tobacco for decades and can without doubt say I use flavored products not as a starter product but as MY choice because I like them. This regulation is oppressive and will do nothing to stop teens from experimenting. It will only cause inconvenience to adults who choose to utilize these products.  My suggestion to you is to get back on that high horse of yours and ride it back thru the Seven Hills and don't come back. We already have The Otherview and don't need another Newcomer busy body. The Wareham BOH is a rogue group and must be boycotted in their places of business and shunned for their hate and disgust of personal freedom.

Posted by: Hairy Buttz | Feb 09, 2016 15:53


Posted by: Hairy Buttz | Feb 09, 2016 16:59


Posted by: Knocked for six | Feb 09, 2016 17:17

Oh great, another transient burden on the town!!!! #TakeABow

Posted by: Hairy Buttz | Feb 09, 2016 17:30


Posted by: Knocked for six | Feb 09, 2016 17:35

Ahhhh...your on the state dime as well!!! Congrats!!!!

Posted by: Hairy Buttz | Feb 09, 2016 17:36

No it's called streams of income you should try it sometimes...

Posted by: Knocked for six | Feb 09, 2016 17:43

We all have streams of income but maybe you should try working for it like the majority of us.....

Posted by: Knocked for six | Feb 09, 2016 17:45

And really who says "MOOLAH"?

Posted by: Spherebreaker | Feb 09, 2016 17:57

@K46 .....LOL!

Posted by: Hairy Buttz | Feb 09, 2016 18:21


Posted by: totellthetruth | Feb 09, 2016 18:25

I've got a Trout Stream in my backyard. Does that count?

Posted by: Hairy Buttz | Feb 09, 2016 18:31


Posted by: Knocked for six | Feb 11, 2016 09:26

Trust and Believe?  I guess finding your sister a date must be a full time job. How's the pay?

Posted by: Rosebud | Feb 11, 2016 10:34

Good job, BOH!  In the long- run we ALL pay for the effects of smoking.  Any effort to eradicate smoking is a positive move.

Posted by: Spherebreaker | Feb 11, 2016 10:52

Wareham BOH is a rogue organization. They hate personal freedom. Boycott members at their places of business.

Posted by: Society for Suppression of Noise | Feb 11, 2016 13:24

Which places of business would those be?

Posted by: Spherebreaker | Feb 11, 2016 13:54

Here are the members of the BOH. You can figure out their business on your own. Not looking for a law suit by giving out that info. I will be boycotting them as my own personal protest.

Amy Wiegandt

Glenn Monteiro

Catherine Phinney

Thomas Gleason

Frank DeFelice

Robert  Ethier


I will also be boycotting the Jug Shop because the owner feels that personal freedoms don't matter and that they are hypocrites for dealing in a substance far more deadly.  

Posted by: PMB | Feb 11, 2016 14:39

Hey Sphere...have fun with your personal protest.  You obviously have no clue what these folks do or have done for a living.  I don't think your personal "boycott", or any boycott will much of an affect on any of these peoples' lives.  This is actually pretty funny.  You have every right as an adult to purchase and use tobacco products.  They are a legal substance, however every piece of scientific evidence from the past 40 years has proven that tobacco products cause serious health problems.  Government also has the right to regulate the sale and use of tobacco products in public places because of the proven negative effects cigarette smoking has on non-smokers.  You right to smoke ends where your smoke enters the lungs of those who do not smoke.  Cry all you want about your "personal freedom", but your freedoms do not trump my right to live in a smoke free environment when I am in a public place.  The BOH has every right to regulate the sale of tobacco products in this town and I applaud their efforts to discourage the use of these products by any young person.  Keep smoking away Sphere, and someday you will probably need the services of at least two of the members of the BOH.

Posted by: Spherebreaker | Feb 11, 2016 16:39

Not to hard to find out where they are employed, business they are in or where they practice.Sometimes its the point that counts more than the effectiveness. To be honest your lungs are safe from my smoke PMB. You don't seem to be anyone that I would hang with. I prefer to associate with people that believe in freedom, something you obviously seem believe in only when its yours.

Posted by: WWreader | Feb 11, 2016 17:10

Using your logic there's no reason for the freedom restricting law for the drinking age to be 21 either. And just because seat belts and child car seats save lives, those freedom restricting laws should be abolished too? While we're at it, why not get rid of all those freedom restricting stop signs? Your freedom to smoke should override my freedom to breathe clean air? You want to chance lung cancer that's your choice. Feel free.

Posted by: Spherebreaker | Feb 11, 2016 17:26

This is not like that at all, Its more like saying you can only have plain milk, no chocolate, no strawberry.Like going to the sub shop and only being allowed to buy an untoasted cheese sub. Did this rogue board restrict the Jug shop to sell only Miller beer or box white wine?Its a legal product and those of legal age should not have their choice to that legal product restricted.If you think smoking is the sole cause of lung cancers you had better go back to school. Believe me this is only the beginning for a group of radicals like this.You give them an inch and the will take a mile.Boycott those jerks and jerkettes!

Posted by: PMB | Feb 11, 2016 18:11

Sphere ..I probably have a stronger feeling for true freedom than you.  You see, I firmly believe in the principle that when it comes to individual freedoms, your freedom ends, where my freedom begins and vice versa. None of this phony chest beating about losing our freedoms over sensible regulations of things that affect all of us.  Tobacco use, alcohol, gun ownership are all things that are regulated, and need regulation.  All this "you don't believe in freedom unless it is your own" talk is just hot air.  I enjoy alcohol, and have owned guns all my life.  I am not a smoker, but I will defend your RIGHT to smoke, just don't blow your smoke in my face.  The BOH is trying to do the right thing here.  Regulating tobacco products for minors is the same as regulating alcohol or firearms.  The use of these products by minors affects all of us and should be controlled by the adults in society....and actually if you ever did "hang out" with me, I'll bet you would find me quite charming!

Posted by: Knocked for six | Feb 11, 2016 19:03

 Just because sphere wants to smoke the tobacco of his liking doesn't mean he's blowing the smoke in your face.

Posted by: Spherebreaker | Feb 11, 2016 19:18

PMB, The BOH is not regulating  for minors, they are regulating for everyone by banning certain tobacco products for everyone, that is an astronomical difference. I can no longer choose the flavor tobacco I choose to use and enjoy without driving into the next town and waiting in line behind the rest of the Warehamites that did the same thing. This bylaw will do NOTHING affect my use of a legal product not to mention the small Wareham business owner I buy the from. I am a responsible smoker and considerate of others and their rights to breath clean air.Your freedoms are safe, for now. With a bunch of radicals on the BOH soon your freedoms will be wittled away as mine are now and it will happen. If someday we do hang out I promise i will not blow smoke in your face, well maybe once to to bust on you.

Posted by: Society for Suppression of Noise | Feb 11, 2016 21:19

Oh, hell, Sphere, the BoH poses no threat to any other freedoms we enjoy.  Tobacco users are simply today's safe target.  To take a stand against any of the POPULAR health hazards would require courage.  I'm sure this posturing is simply to enhance their status in the smug Cape Cod Tobacco Haters Club.  What else have they accomplished in order to justify their existence?

Posted by: PMB | Feb 11, 2016 23:28

According to what has been reported above, the sale of flavored tobacco products has not been outlawed in Wareham, rather it's sale has been restricted to adult only sales establishments.  Are there any such sales establishments in town?  Does the smoke shop on Main Street qualify as such a store?  I'm just asking.  Are package stores considered adult only establishments?  Will adult tobacco users have to go out of town to buy these products as stated above?  If that is the case, adult smokers do have a legitimate concern.  I am a non-smoker, but adult smokers should have the opportunity to buy legal tobacco products.  The BOH has the responsibility to protect the public health, especially as it pertains to children and I support restrictions on sale to minors, but adults should be able to make these choices for themselves as long as they use the tobacco products in a manner that does not affect others.

Posted by: Spherebreaker | Feb 12, 2016 07:29

"The regulations are set to go into effect April 1.

The regulations will apply to any business that sells tobacco products, Health Agent Robert Ethier said. He said the board had been talking for some time with the state about the possibility of enacting these regulations, and decided to “make the move” on Jan. 20."   Here is a snippet from the original story in WW. According to this you will not be able to purchase a legal product even if you are of legal age in Wareham. This is wrong and why I am so upset. If they want to raise the legal age to 21 more power to them but to deny choice to those that are of legal age is stepping well beyond what is acceptable and down right despicable. For what? "to enhance their status in the smug Cape Cod Tobacco Haters Club." You got that right Suppression!

Posted by: Hairy Buttz | Feb 12, 2016 08:34


Posted by: Knocked for six | Feb 12, 2016 08:53

This should have been as simple as raising the minimum age to 21 period.


Posted by: Hairy Buttz | Feb 12, 2016 09:02


Posted by: Andrea Smith | Feb 12, 2016 10:31

Wow – a couple of days away from Wareham Week’s comment sections and now theotherview is back and in full swing…11 comments and its only mid-morning. And all for what purpose…to make sure the site looks busy during otherwise quite weekend days? To make comments seem so nonsensical on the front page comment section that readers won’t bother to follow comment threads during the pre-town meeting, pre-election and the yet-to-be published annual financial management letter? Maybe to discourage anyone from bothering to post a topic for discussion?


And, no, theotherview…I’m not reading your comments, I don’t need to do that to get the drift of their content. All I have to do is read the comments others are directing to you. I skip right over your comments. All I need to see is “theotherview” at the beginning of the comment and I don’t read further.

Posted by: Society for Suppression of Noise | Feb 14, 2016 23:16

Yup, I've discovered two other local online news sources that aren't overrun by trolls.


Checked Sphere's boycott list and all but one seems to be part of the local medical-industrial complex.  No wonder our local Board of Health is a disconnected, inbred sorority while the local Burger King is filthier than the town dump.  If these resume-puffers were doing their jobs I wouldn't have to be embarrassed for all the tourists who fall victim to the local dives that open for the summer months selling their poisonous crap.  (Yes, I made the mistake of eating at Kool Kone once.)


And no, second-hand smoke does not kill.  Do some damn research.

Posted by: greycat | Feb 25, 2016 17:50

It's called entrapment.  When an agent of the government violates a law in order to entice another to violate a law it is called ENTRAPMENT.  When the government violates the law, due process dies and the rule of law goes out the window.  It is called ENTRAPMENT!  If the goverment is dishonest about his issue, what else are they up to?  If the  young people enticed into buying cigarettes complete the transaction, they are breaking the law.  If the transaction does not take place, no law is brioken.  The young people are acting as agents of the government.  Some even appear to be minors.  Isn't that contri9buting to the delinquency?

Posted by: bob | Mar 05, 2016 06:40

Question,maybe someone of our officials can answer..Are the young people being compensated for there time .....

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