In an attempt to reduce the smoking rate, especially among teens, New York mayor, Michael Bloomberg, has proposed a ban on displaying cigarettes in stores.
It is seen that most of the retailers display cigarettes at the cash register. According to Mr. Bloomberg, teens are an easy prey for marketing strategies and the easy availability of the products tempt them to experiment with tobacco.
As per the proposed ban, shopkeepers are supposed to keep the cigarette products hidden from view inside cabinets or drawers. However, they would still be allowed to advertise the availability and the prices of the tobacco products.
This measure aims to reduce smoking among teens and helps those who are trying to quit smoking and thereby improve the health and life expectancy among the next generation.
Smoking is already banned in restaurants, bars, public parks and beaches in New York.