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Bloomberg wants to ban tobacco on display

 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.

"Such displays suggest that smoking is a normal activity," Bloomberg said. "And they invite young people to experiment with tobacco."

Stores devoted primarily to the sale of tobacco products would be exempt from the display ban.

The mayor's office said retail stores could still advertise tobacco products under the legislation.

"We have made tremendous strides in combating smoking in New York City but this leading killer still threatens the health of our children," said Dr. Thomas A. Farley, the health commissioner, "and youth smoking rates have remained flat at 8.5 percent since 2007."

Farley said the city's comprehensive anti-smoking program cut adult smoking rates by nearly a third -- from 21.5 percent in 2002 to 14.8 percent in 2011 -- but the youth rate has remained flat, at 8.5 percent, since 2007.

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Comment by Ed Price
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Now, now, SA. That's what all those big Gov types want. They want to get rid of everyone except a few hundred good slaves for each of them. The only reason they don't attempt it directly is that they know that they could never do it. So they are doing the next best thing... trying to make as many people into good slaves first, so that they appear to have legitimate excuses to eliminate the bad slaves later.

The tobacco ban would be simply another way to make the slaves into more solid slaves. It would give the elite more excuses to ban the people who wouldn't make good slaves.

Besides, using tobacco moderately improves thinking. And thinking causes freedom. And who would want freedom for the slaves, right?

Comment by Stupid Amerkin
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I think Bloomberg needs to band life except for him. Think that will work??

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