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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 499         FILED ON: 1/18/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 591

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Sean Garballey

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act restricting the sale of tobacco products at locations where health professionals are employed.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Sean Garballey

23rd Middlesex

Brian M. Ashe

2nd Hampden

Paul J. Donato

35th Middlesex

Susan C. Fargo

 

Jonathan Hecht

29th Middlesex

Peter V. Kocot

1st Hampshire

Denise Provost

27th Middlesex

Stephen Stat Smith

28th Middlesex

Ellen Story

3rd Hampshire

Benjamin Swan

11th Hampden

Martha M. Walz

8th Suffolk


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 499        FILED ON: 1/18/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 591

By Mr. Garballey of Arlington, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 591) of Sean Garballey and others for legislation to restrict the sale of tobacco products at locations where health professionals are employed.  Public Health. 

 

[SIMILAR MATTER FILED IN PREVIOUS SESSION
SEE HOUSE, NO. 2054 OF 2009-2010.]


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Eleven

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An Act restricting the sale of tobacco products at locations where health professionals are employed.
 

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

              Section 1. Chapter 112 of the Massachusetts General Laws is hereby amended at the end thereof by inserting after section 61 the following new section:

              Section 61A

              Definitions.

              “Health care institution” as used in this section shall mean any individual, partnership, association, corporation or trust or any person or group of persons that provides health care services and employs health care providers licensed or subject to licensing by the Massachusetts Department of Health under this chapter.  This definition includes but is not limited to hospitals, clinics, health centers, pharmacies, and doctors’ and dentists’ offices.

              “Retail establishment” as used in this section shall mean any store that sells goods or articles of personal services to the public.

              “Tobacco products” as used in this section shall mean any substance containing tobacco leaf, including but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, snuff, chewing tobacco and dipping tobacco.

              (b) Prohibition of Tobacco Sales

              (1)  No health care institution located in Massachusetts shall sell or cause to be sold tobacco products. 

              (2)  No retail establishment that operates or has a health care institution within it, shall sell or cause to be sold tobacco products, except that this prohibition shall not apply to buildings or sites where tobacco sales are conducted at a site with separate street entrances which are more than 75 feet from the site where health services are offered, and, where no interior hallways or other passageways provide access to both the health care facility and the site of tobacco sales.

              (3) The Board of Registration in Medicine and each board of registration within the Division of Health Professions Licensure, including but not limited to the Board of Registration in Nursing, the Board of Registration in Podiatry, the Board of Registration in Pharmacy, the Board of Registration in Optometry, and the Board of Registration of Chiropractors, shall promulgate regulations within 90 days of the effective date of this legislation which prohibit their licensees from working in their professional capacity in any retail establishment where tobacco products are sold or in workspaces leased within or from such retail establishment.

              Section 2. The Act shall take effect on October 1, 2010.

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