No-smoking policy scrapped

TREMONT — Selectmen have backed away from a plan to post “No Smoking” signs at several locations around town and adopt a town policy discouraging smoking.

In early January, the board of selectmen asked Town Manager Chris Saunders to work with Healthy Acadia to draft a non-smoking policy for the town and post the signs, which would have been provided by the nonprofit.

But at its Jan. 22 meeting, the board decided to rescind the draft policy, preferring to work on custom designs for signs discouraging smoking on town property where children are present.

“The policy is just a piece of paper,” selectman Mike Mansolilli said.

“Have we ever had a complaint?” selectman Jamie Thurlow asked. “I don’t want to go after a problem that doesn’t exist. I’d rather pay for the signs out of the town’s money and put [our own message] on them.”

Thurlow said he hoped the custom signs could emphasize that smokers should “use courtesy when younger citizens are around.”

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