UPDATE OCTOBER 2013: This bill has been dropped and will not be voted on at this time.
What is in the law?
1. Display Ban: Prohibit the display of tobacco products or tobacco product packing by all retail dealers of tobacco products (convenience stores, gas stations, new stands, bodegas, etc.)
Tobacco products (which include, but are not limited to, any cigar, little cigar, chewing tobacco, pipe tobacco, roll-your-own tobacco, snus, bidi, snuff or dissolvable tobacco product) must be stored out of public view, except during a purchase by an adult consumer or restocking by a store employee
Products can be kept in cabinets, drawers, under the counter, behind a curtain or in any other concealed location
This provision does not apply to tobacco product advertising
2. Adult-only Tobacco Store Age Restrictions: Update the age restriction for retail tobacco stores, making it so that no person under the age of 18 is allowed in the store, unless they are accompanied by a parent or guardian.
The display ban provision does not apply to ‘retail tobacco stores’ (Cigar stores, discount cigarette stores)
3. Penalties: Violations will result in civil penalties of $1000 for a first offense in a five year period, $2000 for a second, and $5000 for a third or subsequent violation within five years.
The odds of ever smoking doubled for youth who visited show on a daily basis
An earlier study in the U.S. found, that among students who visited stores with tobacco retail advertising more frequently, 29% initiated smoking, compared to only 9% among those who reported visiting stores less than twice a month. This study provided evidence that exposure to retail advertising is a risk factor for smoking initiation.
A poll conducted by Quinnipiac University in April 2013 shows strong support for Mayor Bloomberg's proposed legislation to restrict the display of tobacco products in stores. The poll, released on April 11, shows that 68% for voters in NYC favor the proposal; only 30% oppose it. The display ban received broad support with the majority of voters favoring the proposal across gender, race, age, political affiliation and borough location. These results are consistent with findings from The Tobacco Behavior and Public Opinion Survey (2009, 2010) which showed increasing support for keeping tobacco products out of customers' view from both smokers and non-smokers.