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"The mayor's office said retail stores could still advertise tobacco products under the legislation."---- With a little creativity, this could be interesting. I would have some huge signs with flashing lights advertising what I stocked with arrows pointed to where they are kept, out of sight of course.
"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." I find it insulting he credits government for this. Adults realize the health risks and tobacco products are much more expensive than a decade ago. Kids will always be kids who want to try new things and also act like adults. That will never change.
Maybe you could hide them behing the large soda cups.
What do you think your role is as an elected official, because these liberal ideas you are focused on should be about number 5,367 and 6,845 on your to-do list.
Smokes are LEGAL, and all this would do would be to inconvienience the stores, the store owners, and the consumer. It is not your job to tell people how to lead their lives.
How much tax dollars were wasted on your large soda venture????
Let's not forget Bloomberg is the 10th richest person in the US. He's a bored little billionaire with to much
"Such displays suggest that smoking is a normal activity..."----------------------Normal activity? What the heck is a "normal activity"? Whatever Gloomberg decides? Is drinking an alcoholic beverage a normal activity? Or smoking one of the expensive cigars he is still fond of?
"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."--------------------BALONEY! This is based on sales made on-the-books in the city. The smokers have just found other avenues for acquiring their smokes...some legal, some not.
Nanny Bloomberg at it again..., does he not realize he will lose this one also. You cannot allow for some and not others, that is Government picking the winners and losers and will never be legal by any stretch of the imagination... what a buffoon.
What should be kept behind a curtain is Bloomberg. Then when someone inserts a coin the curtain would open and he'd pop up as a reminder of what happens when someone has been in office too long. It's scarcely credible that a grown man who is a successful businessperson would come up with an absurd idea such as his. Does he seriously believe that hiding something behind a curtain would do anything other than make it more desirable? Has anyone every stopped smoking because they couldn't figure out what they were intending to buy because it's behind a curtain? He has to be getting input from someone else who is safely locked away for their own protection. He should leave now and spend the next 30-40 years in on-site research in Ireland, Iceland, etc. and get back to us then with a report of its success. On the other hand, it's probably dawned on him that his large soda ban nonsense wasn't going anywhere except into comedians' routines and this is intended to divert attention away from it.
This is the most important: The end goal is always the same. You are too ignorant to make decisions and the government will make all of them for you. Soon you will eat ONLY Michelle approved food and sleep in your approved residence and wear the assigned clothing, etc, etc, etc. You voted for them, you live by them.
Maybe everybody in NY should drink their alcohol in brown paper bags so nobody can see it. This guy is out of control by trying to tell everybody how to live their lives.
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