He said it would be the first of its kind in the nation…
After Big Soda Ban, Bloomberg Has a New Target
March 18, 2013
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.
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.”