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    After big soda ban, NYC's Mayor Bloomberg wants to hide cigarettes

    If New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg gets his way, stores won't be able to publicly display tobacco products and will have to keep cigarettes under the counter or behind curtains.

    The legislation announced Monday is the latest public-health crackdown by the mayor, whose ban on super-sized sugary soft drinks was shot down by a judge last week.

    The proposed law would "prohibit display of tobacco products" in most retail shops, Bloomberg said. "Such displays suggest smoking is a normal activity and invite young people to experiment with tobacco."

    He said it would be the first of its kind in the nation.

    A second law would impose new rules to make it harder to sell smuggled cigarettes.

    "These laws would protect New Yorkers, especially young and impressionable New Yorkers," Bloomberg said at a Queens hospital, adding that a decline in youth smoking has stalled out with about eight percent of young people lighting up.

    Bloomberg has also crusaded against salt in restaurant foods and junk food in vending machines.

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    Mr. Bloomberg, don't you have a city to run? It amazes me what he chooses to focus on in the name of public health and wellbeing. Wouldn't hidden displays be more mysterious and possibly encourage smoking with young people?

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    Re: After big soda ban, NYC's Mayor Bloomberg wants to hide cigarettes

    I'm really getting sick of hearing of this pig. It would be one thing if he was doing something that is worthy of respect, but every time news comes out about this guy he is just doing more of his "I want to be dictator routine". He either needs to do something about his small dick or get locked in a closet and forgotten about.

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    Re: After big soda ban, NYC's Mayor Bloomberg wants to hide cigarettes

    when i quit smoking years ago, i swore to myself i wasn't ever going to turn into the Bloomberg-type zealous ex-smoker. i have kept that promise. i always have found people like that incredibly annoying.

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    Re: After big soda ban, NYC's Mayor Bloomberg wants to hide cigarettes

    Quote Originally Posted by Helix View Post
    when i quit smoking years ago, i swore to myself i wasn't ever going to turn into the Bloomberg-type zealous ex-smoker. i have kept that promise. i always have found people like that incredibly annoying.
    AMEN!

    I'm the same way.

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    Re: After big soda ban, NYC's Mayor Bloomberg wants to hide cigarettes

    Bloomers may have picked that up from here in Ontario. For several years now, stores have been required to have cigarettes hidden from public view without any advertising. Most stores put metal swing doors over their cigarette shelves that they lift up to retrieve packages when a customer asks for them. It's a little irritating and sometimes hilarious watching a salesclerk play three card monty trying to find the right brand and package for a customer behind the doors.

    What is truly hypocritical is the fact governments rake in serious tax cash on cigarettes and alcohol and play nanny trying to hide them away from the kiddies as if that lessens their complicity in the game. Similar to all the pics of cancerous gums and lungs etc. cigarette manufacturers now have to plaster on packages as a supposed deterant.

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    Re: After big soda ban, NYC's Mayor Bloomberg wants to hide cigarettes

    Quote Originally Posted by Pilot View Post
    Mr. Bloomberg, don't you have a city to run? It amazes me what he chooses to focus on in the name of public health and wellbeing. Wouldn't hidden displays be more mysterious and possibly encourage smoking with young people?
    See, you would think that he has more important things to do with his time then just work on hiding cigarettes/ making sodas smaller, but I guess not. By hiding the cigarrettes, they do seem more mysterious and the youth could potentially smoke more because of the mystery factor.

    Bloomberg seems like he just wants to control people. Yes, a healthy city is important, but if a person wants to drink soda/smoke just let them. No need to hide people from it when there is plenty of knowledge about the dangers of excess soda/smoking. Gotta give people some personal responsibility.

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    Re: After big soda ban, NYC's Mayor Bloomberg wants to hide cigarettes

    In related news...

    Bloomberg, when asked: When do you think new yorkers will grow up and feel sick and tired of being told what to do and what not do like little children?
    Bloomberg replies: NEVER!

    Bloomberg is a moron who treats the world as if it were filled with morons that can't take care of themselves.

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    Re: After big soda ban, NYC's Mayor Bloomberg wants to hide cigarettes

    I think Bloomberg is a Poe concocted by the Libertarians.

    Seriously, he must have more pressing matters to attend to than micromanaging convenience stores.

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