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Mayor Bloomberg on overdrive: While the ruling on my large soda ban is being appealed, let’s hide the cigarettes!

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By Doug Powers  •  March 18, 2013 07:13 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

The Energizer Bunny of nanny statism just keeps going and going:

A new proposal would require New York City retailers to keep tobacco products out of sight under a first-in-the-nation proposal aimed at reducing the youth smoking rate, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Monday.

The legislation would require stores to keep tobacco products in cabinets, drawers, under the counter, behind a curtain or in other concealed spots. They could only be visible when an adult is making a purchase or during restocking.

While New York City would be the first in the nation to do this, Bloomberg says prohibitions began to be implemented in Iceland in 2001 and Canada in 2005, and these countries have already seen substantial declines in youth smoking.

Bloomberg got the “hide the smokes” idea from his mentor and counterpart in Reykjavik, Bjorn “The Salt Terminator” Nannyson.

As for Bloomberg’s large sugary soda crackdown, a New York appellate court has agreed to hear the city’s appeal in June.

**Written by Doug Powers

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