Holy smokes: Bloomberg wants cigarettes hidden in NYC stores

In his latest health push, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is proposing a bill that would require retailers to keep tobacco products out of sight.

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

The legislation would require retailers to keep tobacco products hidden in a cabinet or drawer. The mayor said Iceland, Canada, England and Ireland have similar laws.

The legislation, to be introduced in the City Council on Wednesday, is comprised of two separate bills.

The second, called the “Sensible Tobacco Enforcement” bill, would prohibit the sale of discounted tobacco products, impose packaging requirements on cheap cigars and create a price floor for cigarette packs and small cigars, the Associated Press reports.

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