Next on Bloomberg's Agenda: Hide Cigarettes

Proposed 'Tobacco Product Display Bill' would take them out of sight

By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 18, 2013 11:44 AM CDT

(Newser) – The big-sugary-drink fracas apparently has not demoralized Michael Bloomberg. The NYC mayor's latest crusade has him again targeting cigarettes, this time pushing legislation that would prohibit tobacco products from being kept in plain sight in stores. Under the Tobacco Product Display Bill, most stores would instead have to house them under a counter or in a cabinet, for instance. The only time customers would be permitted to lay eyes on them is during purchase or when they're being restocked, reports the Post.

The ban, which would be the first of its kind in America, would protect "young and impressionable New Yorkers," says Bloomberg, per NBC News. "Such displays suggest smoking is a normal activity and invite young people to experiment with tobacco."

In this Nov. 12, 2012 file photo, packs of cigarettes are seen on display.
In this Nov. 12, 2012 file photo, packs of cigarettes are seen on display.   (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)
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