Mayor Bloomberg's Banning Spree Continues With The Tobacco Product Display Restriction Bill

In this week’s episode of “Things Mayor Bloomberg Is Trying To Ban”, the New York City mayor proposed a new bill that will forbid stores from publicly displaying cigarettes and other tobacco products called The Tobacco Product Display Restriction Bill. If passed, New York will be the first city to have such a ban. Bloomberg’s motive is to reduce teen smoking in the city.

We know that out of sight doesn’t always mean out of mind, but in many cases it can. And we think this measure will help reduce impulse purchases, and if it does, it will literally save lives,” Bloomberg said.

“Young people are targets of marketing and the availability of cigarettes, and this legislation will help prevent another generation from the ill-health and shorter life expectancy that comes with smoking,” he said.

The proposal would have all tobacco products placed in cabinets, under counters or behind curtains. Sort of like a tobacco peep show. The stores would be allowed to advertise, but Bloomberg feels having tobacco products in plain sight is alluring to teens. City officials said display restrictions are already in place in other countries, including Canada, England, Iceland and Ireland.

“Such displays suggest that smoking is a normal activity and they invite young people to experiment with tobacco,” Bloomberg said.

Bodega owners are not happy about this initiative.

“Why am I supposed to hide? What I sell is legal. It’s all legal,” said Muhamad Hossain, manager of a bodega in the East Village. “If I can’t display, I can’t sell. Business is bad enough already.”

Jabed Ahmed, manager of the Village Gourmet Grocery on Second Ave., said: “They already require that we keep tobacco behind the counter, away from kids. It’s enough. It’s impossible. This is not right.” Health concerns are “not my problem. It is the right of the customer,” he said.

That’s right, bodega owners don’t care if your teen is smoking. It’s pretty much the reason why a lot of them disregard the age requirement anyways. I can’t count how many times I’ve seen teens purchase cigarettes in New York City, without being carded.

Will Bloomberg’s out of sight, out of mind theory actually work?

What do you think of the new bill?

  • SR

    We already do this in Ontario, and when it first came about, of course there was a big commotion about it. People are always going to complain when there is change.
    I dont know the exact statistics, but I do believe it works for some people. There isn’t an “in your face” reminder that cigarettes are there. It may be especially helpful to those that are trying to quit, who knows.
    For people who already smoke, they just go up and ask for what they want. No different than what they’re doing now.

  • Keshia

    Can people in New York do anything?

  • http://gravatar.com/hsm36 Whatever

    There are many questionable things Bloomberg has done as Mayor here in NYC… like this 3rd term. However, his public health decisions are the best. Mandatory nutrition information for chain restaurants, a crack down on sugary drinks and moving cigarettes out of eye level range for children are NOT things we should be fighting against. It makes us look foolish.

    Right now, as so many in this city are unemployed, Bloomberg wants our skyline to be able to compete with Hong Kong and London. He has set deals with developers and is trying very hard to implement a plan before leaving office to demolish existing buildings between 34th Street and 57th Street, replacing them with higher, shinier skyscrapers. How much this will cost the city, plus traffic nightmares and street closures… who knows? You can’t stand Bloomberg and would like to fight back? Choose that battle and go HAM advocating against it. Take to the streets protesting “Stop and Frisk”, go to the board of Education and voice how are curriculum has been dumbed down since he took office over a decade ago. etc. But please for the love of health, fresh air and a lower than 58% of New Yorkers that are overweight or obese, leave the public health policies alone. WRONG BATTLE.

  • GPauling

    I say do it | There is too many people that I had known that struggled through cancers that were brought on by smoking/second-hand-smoke, and if this will help reduce the numbers then go for it!

    I actual like ALL the healthy & go-green bills he’s been trying to push.

  • http://tontonmichel.tumblr.com/ Tonton Michel

    Jesus Christ! 10 for a pack of smokes! Damn drugs need to move cigarettes by the kilo into NYC, the money has to be good.

  • au napptural

    I think it will help. Kids will be more afraid to ask for something if they know it’s put away and they might be carded. I also think the soda initiative and this one are good ideas. The fact is Americans only became fat and started smoking b/c those things were in our faces all the time. WWII cigarettes were automatically rationed out and given to soldiers, so even non-smokers started smoking. You know how it is, if something is in demand we all want it. And portion sizes have been doubling and quadrupling every few years, not to mention the advent of fast food, HFCS, and food deserts. I feel like since sloppy legislation and impulse-eating created these problems, maybe tighter legislation and restrictions can help curb it.

  • http://clutchmagazine blcknnblvuu

    Big brother is at it again.lmao!

  • Jay Chong

    Or it could have the opposite effect and make kids want to buy it more. You know, the whole “grown up” thing. I mean, adults hide their weed but that doesn’t seem to stop teens from smoking. http://lawblog.legalmatch.com/2013/03/22/ny-mayor-bloombergs-target-cigarette-displays/

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