New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is announcing legislation that will ban tobacco products from being seen by customers in retail stories.
The reasoning behind the bill is that by keeping the tobacco products out of sight, youths are less likely to start smoking. If the bill is passed, NYC would be first city in the country to have such a ban.
The new law would require that tobacco products be concealed in cabinets, drawers or be placed behind curtains or beneath counters. The only time that the products would be seen is when an adult is making a purchase or during the process of restocking.
The bill will be split up into two parts, according to The Wall Street Journal. The second part of the bill would combat illegal cigarette smuggling. It is believed that both bills will be introduced in the City Council on Wednesday.
This isn’t the first controversial bill that Mayor Bloomberg has introduced recently. He has also attempted to ban the sale of plus-size sodas in the city.