Report: Amid Tobacco Ban Proposal, Residents Seek Recall Election

Some Westminster, Massachusetts, citizens want Board of Health officials out after a heated hearing on the ban of tobacco sales, according to the Worcester Telegram

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Some citizens in a Massachusetts town considering enacting the nation's first ban on tobacco sales want Board of Health officials out after a heated hearing on the proposal, according to the Worcester Telegram.

Local store owners in Westminster who strongly oppose the proposal are calling for a recall election.

Board chairman Andrea Crete can not be removed since she's within six months of her term expiring, but the other two board members can be.

A recent meeting hosted by the board came to an abrupt end just moments after it started when critics of the proposed ban started cheering and speaking out of turn.

In order to hold a recall, supporters need 25 registered voters to submit an affidavit, then collect 800 signatures on a petition. The town is home to about 7,700 residents.

As for the proposal to ban tobacco sales, the board isn't expected to discuss it again until next month.

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