April 4, 2013
A proposed bill aims to keep smoking at bay by restricting cigarette displays in New York City’s convenience stores. The recommended policy comes from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and would require merchants to keep tobacco products out of sight. A second aim of the bill is to ban coupons and buy-one-get-one-free promotions on tobacco products. Kurt M. Ribisl, a professor at the University of North Carolina and tobacco marketing expert, believes that the display rules could lead to a modest reduction in smoking rates over time.