Public Health and Human Services Committee Meeting

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Esther Howland (South) Chamber

Convened: 5:37 P.M.

Adjourned: 6:51 PM

Joseph C. O'Brien


Clerk of the City Council
David J. Rushford

Committee Members

Chairperson Philip P Palmieri
Councilor Barbara G Haller
Councilor Konstantina B Lukes

City Hall - 455 Main Street Worcester, Massachusetts

Present Were:Chairperson Councilor Philip P. Palmieri
Councilor Barbara G. Haller
Councilor Konstantina B. Lukes
Also:Commissioner of Public Health Dr. Leonard Morse
Director of Public Health Derek Brindisi
former Mayor/Exec. Director WHA Raymond V. Mariano
former City Councilor/rep. St. Vincent Hospital Dennis L. Irish
City Clerk David J. Rushford, clerk

Communication of the City Manager


Recommend City Council's Review, Deliberation and Adoption of Proposed Tobacco Control Ordinance.
# 7.24A CM May 04, 2010


Recommend Approval as amended to extend the 25 foot prohibited zone to 50 feet.

1. Raymond V. Mariano, Worcester resident
2. Dennis L. Irish, Worcester resident
3. Greg Seaward, Leominster resident
4. Laurie Ross, Worcester resident
5. Melissa Belanger, Worcester resident
6. Robin Johnston, Worcester resident
7. Desdamonda, Worcester resident
8. Rihanna Diaz, Worcester resident
9. Nana, Worcester resident
10. Sabatina Canada, Worcester resident
11. D J Wilson, no resident given

Chairman's Orders

Request City Manager request the City Solicitor provide City Council with an opinion as soon as possible whether or not the City Council may enact an amendment to the local tobacco control ordinance that prohibits the smoking of tobacco within 50 feet of the entrance and exitways of housing properties under the control of the Worcester Housing Authority that are five stories in height and higher.

Request the Superintendent of Worcester Public Schools to survey the middle and senior high school principals to determine whether or not there is any increase in tobacco usage among their respective student bodies in recent years.

Request City Manager request the City Solicitor to draft a proposed amendment to the city's proposed tobacco control ordinance as soon as possible that would prohibit the sale of tobacco products in pharmacies and in all areas of "big box" stores that contain pharmacies.

Request City Manager request the City Solicitor to provide City Council with an opinion as soon as possible as to whether or not the city may cap the number of tobacco control permits issued by the city.