October 28, 2013

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City Drops Bid to Ban Display of Cigarettes
VIA: http://www.nytimes.com
By NINA BERNSTEIN
Published: October 27, 2013
A highly contested bill to require stores to keep cigarettes out of sighthas been quietly dropped from a package of anti-tobacco measures that would make New York the first city to raise the legal smoking age to 21.
Administration officials cited an unresolved debate over electronic cigarettes as a reason for scrapping the display ban. But others, including both advocates and opponents of e-cigarettes, said that with time short for Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg to burnish his legacy, he chose to withdraw a measure that was fiercely opposed by a coalition of retail stores and likely to meet a powerful constitutional challenge.
The City Council is expected this week to vote on the rest of the measures, including ones that would increase the smoking age to 21 from 18 and prohibit the sale of discounted tobacco products.
Mr. Bloomberg had described the display ban as a way to shield children from tobacco marketing and to keep those quitting smoking from impulse buys. But tobacco retailers and store owners argued that it would hurt business and cost jobs, while driving more smokers to the black market. Parts of the original bill were also opposed by advocates for e-cigarettes, nicotine-delivery devices alternately viewed as healthier alternatives to smoking or as gateways to addiction.
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Even though this feels like a small victory,  I can’t help but be annoyed with a statement by Jean Weinberg, a spokeswoman for the Health Department who said “While it is clear that the display of tobacco products encourages youth smoking, with the arrival of e-cigarettes, more time is needed to determine how best to address this problem”
Basically saying  ”we know were right, but we need more time to figure out how to make a law that will accomplish the same thing, but won’t make people so mad”  
-Grimm
City Drops Bid to Ban Display of Cigarettes VIA: http://www.nytimes.com By NINA BERNSTEIN Published: October 27, 2013 A highly contested bill to require stores to keep cigarettes out of sighthas been quietly dropped from a package of anti-tobacco measures that would make New York the first city to raise the legal smoking age to 21. Administration officials cited an unresolved debate over electronic cigarettes as a reason for scrapping the display ban. But others, including both advocates and opponents of e-cigarettes, said that with time short for Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg to burnish his legacy, he chose to withdraw a measure that was fiercely opposed by a coalition of retail stores and likely to meet a powerful constitutional challenge. The City Council is expected this week to vote on the rest of the measures, including ones that would increase the smoking age to 21 from 18 and prohibit the sale of discounted tobacco products. Mr. Bloomberg had described the display ban as a way to shield children from tobacco marketing and to keep those quitting smoking from impulse buys. But tobacco retailers and store owners argued that it would hurt business and cost jobs, while driving more smokers to the black market. Parts of the original bill were also opposed by advocates for e-cigarettes, nicotine-delivery devices alternately viewed as healthier alternatives to smoking or as gateways to addiction. Read the full article here Even though this feels like a small victory, I can’t help but be annoyed with a statement by Jean Weinberg, a spokeswoman for the Health Department who said “While it is clear that the display of tobacco products encourages youth smoking, with the arrival of e-cigarettes, more time is needed to determine how best to address this problem” Basically saying ”we know were right, but we need more time to figure out how to make a law that will accomplish the same thing, but won’t make people so mad” -Grimm
VIA: http://www.nytimes.com

Published: October 27, 2013

A highly contested bill to require stores to keep cigarettes out of sighthas been quietly dropped from a package of anti-tobacco measures that would make New York the first city to raise the legal smoking age to 21.

Administration officials cited an unresolved debate over electronic cigarettes as a reason for scrapping the display ban. But others, including both advocates and opponents of e-cigarettes, said that with time short for Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg to burnish his legacy, he chose to withdraw a measure that was fiercely opposed by a coalition of retail stores and likely to meet a powerful constitutional challenge.

The City Council is expected this week to vote on the rest of the measures, including ones that would increase the smoking age to 21 from 18 and prohibit the sale of discounted tobacco products.

Mr. Bloomberg had described the display ban as a way to shield children from tobacco marketing and to keep those quitting smoking from impulse buys. But tobacco retailers and store owners argued that it would hurt business and cost jobs, while driving more smokers to the black market. Parts of the original bill were also opposed by advocates for e-cigarettes, nicotine-delivery devices alternately viewed as healthier alternatives to smoking or as gateways to addiction.

Read the full article here

Even though this feels like a small victory,  I can’t help but be annoyed with a statement by Jean Weinberg, a spokeswoman for the Health Department who said “While it is clear that the display of tobacco products encourages youth smoking, with the arrival of e-cigarettes, more time is needed to determine how best to address this problem”Basically saying  ”we know were right, but we need more time to figure out how to make a law that will accomplish the same thing, but won’t make people so mad”  -Grimm

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