Bloomberg Wants Tobacco Banned from Storefront Displays

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Undeterred by a court smackdown over his controversial soda size restrictions in New York City, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has issued his latest proposal designed to restrict Americans’ personal behavior: he wants New York City shops to keep tobacco products out of storefront windows. Treating tobacco like pornography circa 1947, Bloomberg wants cigarettes, cigars, and other products hidden out of sight. Only when restocking or when specifically requested by a customer would the products be brought into the light of day. Smoking shops would be exempt from the ban.

Bloomberg ripped on the display of tobacco while making this proposal: “Such displays suggest that smoking is a normal activity. And they invite young people to experiment with tobacco.”

Despite Bloomberg’s intense efforts to continue curbing young people’s smoking habit, the youth rate has remained the same since 2007, at 8.5 percent. Bloomberg’s proposal will be taken up at the City Council meeting on Wednesday.

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