Letter: Sellers are overburdened with tobacco regulations

To the editor:

I am writing in response to the Monday, April 10, article regarding the Pittsfield tobacco awareness program. I have been a manager at a business that sells tobacco products for over 27 years and have never been cited for selling such products to anyone underage. Regardless, in June, I will have to go online for two hours and "learn" how to sell tobacco products, oh, and learn the anatomy of cigarettes and why they are so bad.

This is why I have submitted a petition to the City Council to at least contain this nonsense. I have talked to countless tobacco retailers who agree with my petition. I will address this at relevant meetings.

The last sentence of the April 10 article got me motivated to do this. George Roberge Jr., director of retail for Lipton Energy, said "Tri-Town is very helpful. ... They want to educate; they're not out to be punitive."

However, I will site sections S and T of the tobacco regulations from 2016 which deal with the certification of clerks. Section S (violations pertaining to the tobacco sales clerk) has clauses 1, 1a, 1b, 1c, 2, 3, 4 and 5. Section T (violations pertaining to the permit holder and/or his or her business agent) has clauses 1, 1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 1e, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6. I didn't count all the sentences but I think I made my point.

Dave Bertolozzi,



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