SOUTHBOROUGH – The Southborough Board of Health voted last month to reduce the number of available tobacco licenses in town from eight to six.
Currently, there are nine active licenses within Southborough.
This change does not impact those current licensures, which are grandfathered into the change. Rather, if a business leaves or does not renew its license, it will no longer be able to reapply for it at a later date so long as all other licenses are distributed.
“I would rather have no tobacco, so I’m fine with the six,” said Board of Health chair Chelsea Malinowski.
Board of Health member Safdar Medina strongly supported the reduction in the number of licenses within the town, believing it will not impact business prospects.
“I think the less tobacco we have in our town, the better,” said Medina. “I don’t think that would preclude any businesses from coming into Southborough.”