New York Mayor Bloomberg: 'Hide Cigarettes Behind Curtains!' Wha - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

New York Mayor Bloomberg: 'Hide Cigarettes Behind Curtains!' What Do You Think?

NBCNEWS.COM - If New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg gets his way, stores won't be able to publicly display tobacco products and will have to keep cigarettes under the counter or behind curtains.

The legislation announced Monday is the latest public-health crackdown by the mayor, whose ban on super-sized sugary soft drinks was shot down by a judge last week.

The proposed law would "prohibit display of tobacco products" in most retail shops, Bloomberg said. "Such displays suggest smoking is a normal activity and invite young people to experiment with tobacco."

He said it would be the first of its kind in the nation.

A second law would impose new rules to make it harder to sell smuggled cigarettes.

"These laws would protect New Yorkers, especially young and impressionable New Yorkers," Bloomberg said at a Queens hospital, adding that a decline in youth smoking has stalled out with about 8 percent of young people lighting up.

Bloomberg has also crusaded against salt in restaurant foods and junk food in vending machines.

The National Association of Tobacco Outlets, a trade group that represents 27,000 stores nationwide that sell cigarettes and cigars, predicted the law, if passed, would be overturned by the courts.

"Retailers are responsible business people that go to great lengths to prevent sales to minors, and there are First Amendment protections that extend to advertising," said Tom Briant, executive director of the group.

"You're talking about a basic right under the Constitution. If you do this with cigarettes and tobacco products, what else is going to have to be out of view? Wine and spirits? It's a very slippery slope."

Bloomberg has made public-health campaigns a hallmark of his administration and boasted that life expectancy in the city is up three years since 2001. He has also crusaded against salt in restaurant foods and junk food in vending machines and required calorie counts on fast-food menus.

A new policy sharply limiting the sale of 16-ounce sugary drinks was supposed to take effect last week, but a judge put a stop to it, ruling it was "arbitrary and capricious."

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Victim in domestic violence situation turned house fire speaks out

    Victim in domestic violence situation turned house fire speaks out

    Sunday, June 17 2018 9:26 PM EDT2018-06-18 01:26:17 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - It's been a tough 24 hours for the Winant Family.  Kelli Winant says she called police after a situation escalated with she and her boyfriend Saturday after he had been drinking.  "After he beat me pretty good yesterday, he burned our house down,” Kelli Winant Firefighters were at the home in a matter of minutes.

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - It's been a tough 24 hours for the Winant Family.  Kelli Winant says she called police after a situation escalated with she and her boyfriend Saturday after he had been drinking.  "After he beat me pretty good yesterday, he burned our house down,” Kelli Winant Firefighters were at the home in a matter of minutes.

    >>
  • Woman hospitalized in North Spokane stabbing

    Woman hospitalized in North Spokane stabbing

    Monday, June 18 2018 1:01 AM EDT2018-06-18 05:01:08 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - On Sunday, just after 7 pm, Spokane Police responded to a stabbing call in the 600 block of E Providence Ave in Northeast Spokane. Officers arrived on scene in about two minutes, and located an adult female victim who was suffering from a stab wound. Officers immediately began providing first aid to the victim until SFD and AMR paramedics could take over care.

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - On Sunday, just after 7 pm, Spokane Police responded to a stabbing call in the 600 block of E Providence Ave in Northeast Spokane. Officers arrived on scene in about two minutes, and located an adult female victim who was suffering from a stab wound. Officers immediately began providing first aid to the victim until SFD and AMR paramedics could take over care.

    >>
  • Driver charged with following too close in Highway 395 crash

    Driver charged with following too close in Highway 395 crash

    Sunday, June 17 2018 11:55 AM EDT2018-06-17 15:55:41 GMT

    LOON LAKE, Wash.- Washington State Patrol investigators say a driver following too close led to a 3-vehicle crash at Highway 395 and Grote Rd. Saturday evening. The crash happened around 7:15 p.m. Troopers say a silver 2003 Ford Taurus driven by 17-year-old Jon Peter Nelson was northbound on Highway 395, stopped and preparing to turn left onto Grote Road.

    >>

    LOON LAKE, Wash.- Washington State Patrol investigators say a driver following too close led to a 3-vehicle crash at Highway 395 and Grote Rd. Saturday evening. The crash happened around 7:15 p.m. Troopers say a silver 2003 Ford Taurus driven by 17-year-old Jon Peter Nelson was northbound on Highway 395, stopped and preparing to turn left onto Grote Road.

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • National NewsMore>>

  • Yellowstone Park superintendent shuffle shouldn't slow bison quarantine

    Yellowstone Park superintendent shuffle shouldn't slow bison quarantine

    Sunday, June 17 2018 8:20 PM EDT2018-06-18 00:20:45 GMT
    Photo by Chloe Leis on UnsplashPhoto by Chloe Leis on Unsplash
    Photo by Chloe Leis on UnsplashPhoto by Chloe Leis on Unsplash

    Officials say the impending change in Yellowstone National Park superintendents shouldn't disrupt the progress of a quarantine program created to produce brucellosis-free bison.   

    >>

    BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - Officials say the impending change in Yellowstone National Park superintendents shouldn't disrupt the progress of a quarantine program created to produce brucellosis-free bison.   

    >>
  • Hundreds of children waiting in Texas Border Patrol facility

    Hundreds of children waiting in Texas Border Patrol facility

    Sunday, June 17 2018 7:14 PM EDT2018-06-17 23:14:16 GMT

    Hundreds of children are waiting away from their parents inside a Border Patrol holding facility in South Texas, with groups of 20 or more children to a single cage. There are bottles of water, bags of chips, and large foil sheets intended to serve as blankets.

    >>

    McALLEN, Texas (AP) - Hundreds of children are waiting away from their parents inside a Border Patrol holding facility in South Texas, with groups of 20 or more children to a single cage. There are bottles of water, bags of chips, and large foil sheets intended to serve as blankets.  

    >>
  • Self-driving vehicle involved in 5-car crash

    Self-driving vehicle involved in 5-car crash

    Sunday, June 17 2018 4:44 PM EDT2018-06-17 20:44:51 GMT

    Police in a Phoenix suburb say a self-driving Waymo vehicle was among five cars involved in a collision, but no serious injuries were reported. The driver of the Waymo vehicle told Mesa police that the car was not in autonomous mode at the time of Saturday night's crash. 

    >>

    Police in a Phoenix suburb say a self-driving Waymo vehicle was among five cars involved in a collision, but no serious injuries were reported. The driver of the Waymo vehicle told Mesa police that the car was not in autonomous mode at the time of Saturday night's crash.    

    >>
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Woman hospitalized in North Spokane stabbing

    Woman hospitalized in North Spokane stabbing

    Monday, June 18 2018 1:01 AM EDT2018-06-18 05:01:08 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - On Sunday, just after 7 pm, Spokane Police responded to a stabbing call in the 600 block of E Providence Ave in Northeast Spokane. Officers arrived on scene in about two minutes, and located an adult female victim who was suffering from a stab wound. Officers immediately began providing first aid to the victim until SFD and AMR paramedics could take over care.

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - On Sunday, just after 7 pm, Spokane Police responded to a stabbing call in the 600 block of E Providence Ave in Northeast Spokane. Officers arrived on scene in about two minutes, and located an adult female victim who was suffering from a stab wound. Officers immediately began providing first aid to the victim until SFD and AMR paramedics could take over care.

    >>
  • Liberty Lake husband saved by Safeway employees after heart attack

    Liberty Lake husband saved by Safeway employees after heart attack

    Sunday, June 17 2018 9:34 PM EDT2018-06-18 01:34:16 GMT

    LIBERTY LAKE, Wash. - Guardian angels of the grocery store; that’s what one Liberty Lake family says after their loved one had a heart attack outside the Safeway in Liberty Lake. Judy Thompson and her husband,

    >>

    LIBERTY LAKE, Wash. - Guardian angels of the grocery store; that’s what one Liberty Lake family says after their loved one had a heart attack outside the Safeway in Liberty Lake. Judy Thompson and her husband,

    >>
  • Victim in domestic violence situation turned house fire speaks out

    Victim in domestic violence situation turned house fire speaks out

    Sunday, June 17 2018 9:26 PM EDT2018-06-18 01:26:17 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - It's been a tough 24 hours for the Winant Family.  Kelli Winant says she called police after a situation escalated with she and her boyfriend Saturday after he had been drinking.  "After he beat me pretty good yesterday, he burned our house down,” Kelli Winant Firefighters were at the home in a matter of minutes.

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - It's been a tough 24 hours for the Winant Family.  Kelli Winant says she called police after a situation escalated with she and her boyfriend Saturday after he had been drinking.  "After he beat me pretty good yesterday, he burned our house down,” Kelli Winant Firefighters were at the home in a matter of minutes.

    >>