New offers New York could keep tobacco products out of sight in shops

A new proposal would require New York retailers to keep tobacco products out of sight under the first nation in the proposal to reduce the rate of youth smoking, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Monday.

tobaccoThe law would require stores to keep tobacco products in cabinets, drawers under the counter, behind a curtain or in other hidden places. They could only be visible when an adult makes a purchase or at the time of recruitment.

Bloomberg said similar bans on displays have been adopted in other countries, including Iceland, Canada, England and Ireland.

“These displays show that smoking is a normal activity,” said Bloomberg. “And they invite young people to experiment with tobacco.”

Shops devoted mainly to the sale of tobacco products will be exempt from the ban on the display.

City Hall said retailers can still advertise tobacco products in accordance with the law.

“We made a huge step forward in the fight against smoking in New York City, but is the leading killer continues to threaten the health of our children,” said Dr. Thomas Farley, the health commissioner.

Farley said a comprehensive tobacco control program to reduce urban adult smokers by almost a third - from 21.5 percent in 2002 to 14.8 percent in 2011 - but the youth rate remained at 8.5 percent in 2007.

Smoking remains the leading preventable cause of death among people in New York, said Farley.

Legislation that will be introduced to the City Council on Wednesday, consists of two separate bills that Farley called “logic, the next important step to further protect our young people from tobacco.”

The second bill, called the “Sensible Tobacco execution” bill strengthens enforcement off and smuggled cigarettes. It would ban the sale of tobacco products at a discount, packaging requirements imposed on cheap cigars and establish price floor packs of cigarettes and small cigars. City will have the authority to pressurized environment, where there is a repeat violation.

The bill would also increase penalties for retailers who evade taxes on tobacco products and sale of tobacco without a license.

Bloomberg has supported a number of public health measures, including the suppression of the large size of sugary drinks and adding calorie counts to the menu. The judge blocked the beverage ban, but the city is appealing.

“People always say, ‘Oh, you do these things health, to raise money,” said Bloomberg. “No, this is not the reason. We do is health things to save lives.”

The bill also prohibits retailers from redeeming coupons for tobacco products

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