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Town Meeting KOs smoke ban
by Suzanne McLaughlin
"LUDLOW - A proposal brought by the Board of
Selectmen to ban smoking in private clubs was defeated at
Monday's special Town Meeting.
The proposal attracted much discussion, but was voted down
by a majority show of hands.
Selectman John P. DaCruz said he supported banning smoking
in private clubs because smoking, even second hand smoke,
causes cancer which kills. He said he supported the motion
"for the public good."
"We want to protect the employees and the nonsmokers
in the private clubs," DaCruz said.
The town already has banned smoking in public bars and restaurants.
Board of Health Chairman Bruce Dziura said he was opposed
to the motion to ban smoking in private clubs.
Dziura said membership in the clubs is voluntary, and members
should make their own decisions about whether to ban smoking.
"Democracy is about choices," Dziura said. "Every
time we eliminate choice, we diminish democracy."
Selectman William E. Rooney said he had a family member die
of lung cancer, but he continues to think that smoking in
private clubs should be a matter of choice.
"A ban goes too far," Rooney said."
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