Bloomberg wants to hide the cigarettes while some businesses fume

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A stunned store owner in Midtown couldn’t believe what she was hearing. A new bill proposed by Mayor Bloomberg that would require retail stores to hide their cigarettes behind counters, curtains or cabinets.

The owner of a small stationery store that sells them on the East Side said that this combined with the skyrocketing price of cigarettes could ruin her business.

According to the CDC, cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the US. Some say whether or not it is harmful, cracking down on them is like cracking down on their right to smoke.

The tobacco product display reduction bill is a major proposal that would be a first here and across the country.

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According to the CDC, cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the US. Some say whether or not it is harmful, cracking down on them is like cracking down on their right to smoke.

The announcement comes just about a week after a judge shot down Bloomberg’s proposed ban on super-sized soft drinks.

Some said they were skeptical of the timing here.

The mayor says he wants to further reduce the smoking rate in New York City and hopes other cities and countries will follow.

“New York City has dramatically lowered our smoking rate, but even one new smoker is one too many especially when it’s a young person,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “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.”

The legislation would have to be approved by City Council. It could be voted on on Wednesday. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn has expressed support for the goal of the legislation.

It would Include every retailer that sells cigarettes unless it’s a cigar-only store because they already prohibit youth under 18.

13 comments

  • Leah

    Personally I think its a good idea. I've always found its quite ridiculous that cigarettes are right behind the counter, frankly out of sight out of mind. It might increase the effectiveness of quitting smoking too. I'm not a big fan of the soft drink proposal though, it's kind of overkill. I hope the cigarette proposal gains support because last time I checked "right to smoke" isn't in the constitution. Plus, it doesn't hurt businesses if people are addicted to cigarettes they will buy them, whether they are on display or not.

  • Audrey

    The "right to be ill-informed" doesn't appear in the constitution either. Does that mean you have no right to have your uneducated opinions printed? Good gosh, this is an elementary school lesson. NO rights, except those limiting government itself, is enumerated. Did you miss school that day?

  • Jo-Anne Villeneuve

    Hello, I'm from Montréal and watch your news every night. We have had this for more than 2 years. At first, the stores complained about the extra costs to build doors that hide the merchandise. Now it's like they were always there. Vendors still sell cigarettes and the buyers know where these stores are because they are the same stores they were buying them from before. Don't worry, it will work!

  • Elizabeth

    Right to smoke???…. What about the right of non smokers to stay healthy,to be able to breath clean air? Why I have to breath the smoke of somebody else's cigarette when I have decided to be a non smoker? What about my right not have cigarette smoke inside my apartment every time my neighbor decided to smoke a cigarette because the friggin cigarette smoke doesn't stay on his/her apartment it comes to mines thru the cracks and holes in the walls and ceiling?Smokers are very unconsiderate people,they don't care about kids,people with asthma and other illnesses. Some are very rude throwing their smoke on people faces and that makes me very angry. Why don't you smokers keep the friggin cigarette smoke inside of you. You decided to ruin your life smoking,then ruin your life only and not everybody else's!! thank you!

  • anonyomud

    Are you kidding me with sone of these remarks!!!! I bet some of you who are complaning about cigarette smoke are sitting by your computer with a 32oz. Cola. It is not WHAT the law is about…it is the law itself. How far will we let big brother go?

  • Peter T

    MAYOR – GET A ******* LIFE – STOP CONTROLLING WHAT PEOPLE CAN/CAN NOT DO. YOU COULD BE GETTING JUST A BAD AS CASTRO ! ! !

    SOME DO NOT WANT TO BE TREATED LIKE A 2 YEAR OLD ! !

  • Ivy

    I AM ALL OVER THIS … I GET THE IDEA OF NOT INFLUENCING YOUNG CHILDREN, BUT WHAT ABOUT US NON-SMOKERS!!! I HATE IT WHEN SMOKERS LIGHT UP IN THE MIDDLE OF A CROWDED SIDE WALK AND MYSELF AND MY BOYS HAVE TO INHALE THIS SMOKE OR OUTSIDE OF CORPORATE BUILDINGS DOZENS LINED UP SMOKING THAT I HAVE TO CROSS ELSE WHERE TO NOT BE BOMBARDED BY THE SMOKE. THANK YOU BLOOMBERG FOR THINKING OF THOSE WHO DO LIKE TO REMAIN HEALTHY.

  • Barbara Lee

    Seeing them not displayed is not the solution. I have experienced these kids outside the store offering money to you to go in and buy cigarettes for them. They learn about smoking from their home and friends, not because they are being sold in a store. On another note Mr Bloomberg, are you going to hide the beer, wine and liquor stores too? Get out of office already and stop putting restrictions and bans on people already!

  • Jason

    As sidewalks tend to be next to streets, you are already breathing in second hand car smoke – perhaps you would like a car ban, so we can all be healthy. It is also so noise polluted in NYC that it has been shown to reduce life spans – perhaps a noise ban is in order.

  • BranchOutSpeaks

    Im all for the Mayor's ban on large soda's and where junk food is placed in the stores. Think about it… how many people you know ended up with diabetes and high blood pressure and died as a result?

    How many children you know are OVERWEIGHT?

    We all make choices yes, but we all know how hard it is to make the best choices when the wrong ones are danglin in our faces and are very easy to partake.

    We want the right to eat whatever we want and then deman free healthcare?????????? HOW STUPI DOES THAT SOUND? That is so inconsiderate.

    IM GONNA EAT AS MUCH JUNK AS I WANT AND AND SMOKE CIGARETTES AND GUESS WHAT…….. I DESERVE FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO PAY FOR MY HOSPITAL BILL WHEN IT MAKES ME SICK??!?!?!?!?!!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!????

    Come on. Think about that. We want EVERYTHING. With NO restraints. WE HAVE PROVEN THAT WE ARE NOT THAT RESPONSIBLE ON OUR OWN.

  • Tony

    The UK have had to hide them in cabinets for a while now, I don't think it has affected sales. It is still clear that a store sells cigarettes without having to see them.

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