NYC Plan Would Keep Tobacco Products Out of Sight

Created: 03/18/2013 11:31 AM By: Hannah Anderson

A new anti-smoking proposal would make New York the first city in the nation to keep tobacco products out of sight in retail stores.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the goal is to reduce the youth smoking rate.

The legislation would require stores to keep tobacco products in cabinets, drawers, under the counter, behind a curtain or in another concealed spot. They could only be visible when an adult is making a purchase or during restocking.

A second part of the bill contains policies to combat cigarette smuggling.

The bills will be introduced in City Council on Wednesday.

Bloomberg has backed a number of public health measures, including a crackdown on large sizes of sugary drinks and adding calorie counts to menus. The drinks ban has been blocked by a judge.

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