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Do you think the sight of cigarettes invite young people to smoke? Bloomberg thinks so!

Posted by on Mar. 19, 2013 at 7:42 AM
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If New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg gets his way, stores won't be able to publicly display tobacco products and will have to keep cigarettes under the counter or behind curtains.

The legislation announced Monday is the latest public-health crackdown by the mayor, whose ban on super-sized sugary soft drinks was shot down by a judge last week.

The proposed law would "prohibit display of tobacco products" in most retail shops, Bloomberg said. "Such displays suggest smoking is a normal activity and invite young people to experiment with tobacco."

He said it would be the first of its kind in the nation.

A second law would impose new rules to make it harder to sell smuggled cigarettes.

These laws would protect New Yorkers, especially young and impressionable New Yorkers," Bloomberg said at a Queens hospital, adding that a decline in youth smoking has stalled out with about 8 percent of young people lighting up.

The New York Association of Convenience Stores, which has 1,600 members, called the proposed ban on displays “absurd.”

“I can’t think of another business that is selling legal products that is being forced to hide them from public view,” said association president Jim Calvin. “Businesses have a fundamental right to communicate with customers.”

He said he hoped the City Council would reject the bill after it’s introduced later this week. If it passes, the National Association of Tobacco Outlets predicts it will be overturned by the courts.

“Retailers are responsible business people that go to great lengths to prevent sales to minors, and there are First Amendment protections that extend to advertising,” said Tom Briant, executive director of the group.

“You’re talking about a basic right under the Constitution. If you do this with cigarettes and tobacco products, what else is going to have to be out of view? Wine and spirits? It’s a very slippery slope.”

After the town of Haverstraw in upstate New York passed a similar ordinance last year, retail and tobacco groups sued and the board repealed it.

Sunny Parikh, who has operated a Midtown Manhattan newsstand for 20 years, wondered where he would put the cigarettes he sells, which are in slots at the top of his cramped kiosk. He also questioned whether the initiative would reduce youth smoking.

“If kids want to smoke, they’ll find a way,” he said.

City officials, though, said the point of the display ban isn’t to prevent kids from buying cigarettes, which is already illegal; the idea is that lowering exposure to the products reduces the chances a young person will try smoking in the first place.

Bloomberg has made public-health campaigns a hallmark of his administration and boasted that life expectancy in the city is up three years since 2001. He has also crusaded against salt in restaurant foods and junk food in vending machines and required calorie counts on fast-food menus.

A new policy sharply limiting the sale of 16-ounce sugary drinks was supposed to take effect last week, but a judge put a stop to it, ruling it was “arbitrary and capricious.”

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by Ruby Member on Mar. 19, 2013 at 9:08 AM
I agree that if kids want to smoke, they'll find a way but I'm not opposed this.
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by Gold Member on Mar. 19, 2013 at 10:04 AM
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Again.. Bloomberg is trying to carry out a personal agenda on the city of NY. The man irritates me to no end. He's insistant on taking away the ability to make personal choices and assumes that by taking away a young persons ability to be responsible for themselves that he'll somehow make the world a better place.
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by on Mar. 19, 2013 at 10:10 AM

I think it's such a good idea!  I love that he banned smoking in bars and restaurants - and now many states and countries have followed.  Hopefully more places will follow his lead with this, too.

Kids (and adults) don't need to be tempted by seeing all of those colorful packs of cigarettes in from of them when they're shopping.  Out of sight, out of mind - at least this will help with that!

Good going Bloomberg!

by on Mar. 19, 2013 at 4:12 PM

I suppose the sight (and smell) of cigarettes does make me want to smoke, but so does the nicotine...

But seriously, banning them from public view is too far. Cigarettes are not pornography. Looking at them doesn't give you lung cancer.

Seeing something bad for you isnt the same thing as smoking, eating, drinking it.  Looking at fatty fast food doesn't make you obese or give you high blood pressure, even if eating it does. But you don't hear them trying to ban images of fast food do you? What about images of alcohol? what about banning images of any unhealthy, artery clogging food?

by Platinum Member on Mar. 19, 2013 at 5:20 PM
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I live in NYC and have had enough of this guy...I think once his term is over he needs to find a job at a day care, he will be much better suited and appreciated there where he can watch over people and dictate their every move.

by Bronze Member on Mar. 19, 2013 at 5:25 PM

no not at all i dont like cigarettes and find them nasty

by on Mar. 19, 2013 at 5:29 PM

Does this encourage you to smoke?

Because it's not stopping any teens from taking it up.

by Platinum Member on Mar. 19, 2013 at 5:37 PM


You're right, it dont stop them because you cant stop someone from doing something LEGAL, only they can stop it!

I really dont think this pic encourages someone, anyone, to pick up smoking!

Quoting AussieArcana:

Does this encourage you to smoke?

Because it's not stopping any teens from taking it up.


by Gold Member on Mar. 19, 2013 at 5:39 PM
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His soda ban did not work. Now he's after cigarettes. Quit trying to tell us how to live. Meaning what to eat and all that.  If we're the ones paying for it. 

by #1postkiller on Mar. 19, 2013 at 6:11 PM
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I don't smoke and never have.  I can't even stand the smell of cigarette smoke but I think he is overstepping his boundaries.  I'm sure there are more important things he can focus on rather than pushing his personal views on the citizens of NY.

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