Mayor Bloomberg: making cigarettes less visible still would discourage young people from smoking

Friday, 12 April 2013  at 15:19

The Wall Street Journal wrote that a new poll shows New Yorkers strongly support Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposal to keep cigarettes out of sight in stores.

Although in this instance the move doesn't signal the introduction of plain, standardised packaging,  it does strongly suggest another step forward in protecting children from taking up the habit by keeping tobacco out of sight. 

Sixty-eight percent of city voters back the idea in a Quinnipiac (KWIHN'-uh-pee-ak) University poll released Thursday. Thirty percent oppose it.

Bloomberg wants to require cigarettes to be out of public view until a customer requests them. The City Council hasn't yet taken up the idea.

Stores could display tobacco advertising. But Bloomberg says making cigarettes less visible still would discourage young people from smoking.

A spokesman for cigarette maker Altria Group Inc. says the proposal goes too far by keeping cigarettes out of sight for adults, too. He says the poll suggests some New Yorkers agree.

The poll questioned 1,417 city voters. The margin of error is 2.6 percentage points.

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* This number reflects the total amount of people who have signed up to support the plain packaging of tobacco products, via the Plain Packs Protect Partnership (logos below), British Heart Foundation and Cancer Research UK websites.
Supporters Smoke Free South West Ulster Cancer Foundation ash Ash Scotland Ash Wales British Heart Foundation Cancer Research UK Chartered Institute of Environmental Health Cut Films Faculty of Public Health Fresh Smoke Free North East National Heart Forum NCSCT BTS - Stop Smoking Champions The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation Royal College of Physicians TCC Tobacco Free Future Trading Standards Partnership South West Smoke Free Lincs - Promoting a tobacco free life