Gov. LePage Vetoes College Tobacco Ban

Updated 1 year ago

Gov. Paul LePage has vetoed a bill that would have banned smoking at all public university and college campuses in Maine. The Republican governor said in a veto message to the Legislature that “Maine people can make their own decisions” regarding tobacco. He suggested that people opposed to smoking bring forward a bill that bans tobacco altogether, rather than “a patchwork” or laws and regulations that dictates where tobacco can be used. The bill’s sponsor, Portland independent Rep. Benjamin Chipman, tells The Portland Press Herald, he is “surprised and disappointed” with the veto. He says the bill would fix the current patchwork of smoking regulations at campuses that LePage opposes. Many state colleges and universities are already tobacco free.


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