NYC Mayor Proposes "Hiding" Tobacco Products


Less than a week after his latest health crusade to block the sale of large sugary drinks was halted by a judge, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has again focused his attention on smoking.

If the Mayor gets his way, displays of tobacco products like these will be a thing of the past. His idea is for retailers to keep the tobacco products out of sight as a way to reduce smoking among young people.

Mayor Bloomberg is proposing the Tobacco Product Display Restriction Bill that would make New York City the city the first in the nation to have such a law.

The tobacco products would be out of sight in retail stores except during a purchase by an adult consumer or during restocking. Such products would have to be kept in cabinets, drawers, under the counter, behind a curtain or in any other concealed location.

Stores devoted primarily to the sale of tobacco products would be exempt from the display ban. Retail stores could still advertise tobacco products under the legislation.

Says Dr. Thomas Farley: "The more kids see those cigarettes. the more they view smoking as normal and acceptable, the more likely they are to start smoking."

The legislation, to be introduced in the City Council on Wednesday (03/20), is comprised of two separate bills.

The second, called the “Sensible Tobacco Enforcement” bill, strengthens enforcement of discounted and smuggled cigarettes.

It would prohibit the sale of discounted tobacco products, impose packaging requirements on cheap cigars and create a price floor for cigarette packs and small cigars.

The city would have the authority to seal premises where there are repeat violations.

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