Mayor Bloomberg: Let’s mandate tobacco be “out of sight” in stores

Posted by: ST on March 18, 2013 at 8:27 pm

The control freak mayor of NYC is trying to strike again. Via CNN:

(CNN) - New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said his latest push to keep tobacco products out of sight is an attempt to de-glamorize the appeal of the product for kids and teenagers.

“Smoking is going to kill these kids,” he said Monday on CNN’s “The Lead” in an interview with Chief Washington Correspondent Jake Tapper. “It’s going to leave them with not the great career prospects that you’d like, not the education that you’d like.”

The mayor said they’re trying to dissuade customers from viewing cigarettes as “normal.”

“Cigarettes are not a normal product,” he added. “They’re a product that kills the people that use it. And there are very few products like that.”

Bloomberg announced the public health initiative earlier Monday, a week after a New York judge invalidated the city’s ban on sugary drinks in containers larger than 16 ounces.

The new tobacco legislation is made up of two bills: One that would require retailers to keep tobacco products hidden in stores, another would increase penalties for retailers who sell tobacco without a license or fail to pay tobacco taxes. It would also prohibit the sale of discounted tobacco products.

The three-term mayor said Monday the new bills are designed to continue New York City’s record in reducing smoking.

Breitbart’s Ben Shapiro comments:

Despite Bloomberg’s intense efforts to continue curbing young people’s smoking habit, the youth rate has remained the same since 2007, at 8.5 percent. Bloomberg’s proposal will be taken up at the City Council meeting on Wednesday.

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Bloomberg denied that his primary motivation was monetary: “People always say, ‘Oh, you’re doing these health things to raise money. No, that is not the reason. We’re doing these health things to save lives.”

It is surely only a matter of time before Bloomberg begins cracking down on the soaring sexually transmitted disease rate in his city by restricting personal sexual behavior, dictating sexual partners, and mandating the use of contraception.

I wouldn’t put it past him.

Aren’t tobacco products already restricted to people 18 years and older nationwide? If youth smoking is such an issue in NYC, why not, for starters, crack down on stores selling tobacco products to underage teens?   And if there is a “black market” for cigarettes, crack down on those, too. I know, makes too much sense for nanny state extremists like Bloomberg to understand …

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9 Responses to “Mayor Bloomberg: Let’s mandate tobacco be “out of sight” in stores”

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  1. H Hazell says:

    I expect it will be very difficult to obtain a NY concealed carry permit for tobacco.

  2. Where does Gloomberg find the authority to be savior of the world? No matter what the best medical minds in America have to say about tobacco, millions of new smokers will light up every year.

  3. …I know, makes too much sense for nanny state extremists like Bloomberg to understand …

    Or perhaps what he’s really interested in is an opportunity to seize more power. It’s consistent with everything else he’s done in office.

  4. Brontefan says:

    Clearly… this rich guy has no important focus for his life or his job… so he spends his time mandating the lives of NYC residents.

  5. EBL says:

    “Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good
    of its victim may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live
    under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies.
    The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may
    at some point be satiated, but those who torment us for our own good
    will torment us without end for they do so with the approval
    of their own conscience.” C.S. Lewis

    As for Bloomy… Although I should be careful for what I wish for given Anthony Weiner is back and lurking around.

  6. Kate says:

    Mayor Bloomberg is concerned about people living longer, especially the youth of today, because they are the ones who will have to pay back all the deficits of the governments spending and pilfering. They have to stay alive to balance their long term spending sprees.

  7. Chris in N.Va. says:

    Perfect solution, given the sterling product being regularly belched forth (whether before or, in rare cases, after graduation) by NYC’s public school system.

    Dude 1: “Dude, the cigarettes are all gone. What are we gonna do?”
    Dude 2: “I don’t know. That sign on the shelf where they used to be might tell us, but I don’t know how to read what it says, do you?”
    Dude 1: “Nope. Guess we’ll just have check out some other store.”

  8. Steph says:

    What a radical idea! Let’s enforce the laws already on the books – whoever thought of that one? (sarc) I guess this mayor really has too much time on his hands. Do you suppose he sits at his mayor desk writing out lists of things he can legislate out of existence and/or control? Obviously, he has nothing better to do like run city government.

  9. Carlos says:

    But by all means let’s make sure the condoms and assorted sex aides are out front and available for 5- and 6-year-olds!