Tobacco Products Out of Sight, Out of Mind?

Mayor Michael Bloomberg propose the Tobacco Product Display Restriction and Sensible Tobacco Enforcement bills with hopes to decrease youth smoking.

Bloomberg is at again.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is again tackling health issues, this time gearing his focus towards young smokers, proposing the Tobacco Product Display Restriction and Sensible Tobacco Enforcement bills, which would restrict outward display of tobacco products and illegal cigarette smuggling respectively.

“New York City has dramatically lowered our smoking rate, but even one new smoker is one too many – especially when it’s a young person,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “Young people are targets of marketing and the availability of cigarettes and this legislation will help prevent another generation from the ill health and shorter life expectancy that comes with smoking.”

The smoking rate in adults have decreased from 21.5 percent in 2002 to 14.8 percent in 2011 and in young smokers have remained steady at 8.5 percent since 2007. Despite these findings, smoking deaths are one of the leading preventable deaths of New Yorkers.

“Thousands of New Yorkers die each year of tobacco-related causes,” said Council Member Levin. “If we can keep just one young person from smoking then that is a step in the right direction. I fully support these efforts that prevent smoking and promote good health.”

Promoting good health is a common gesture for the New York’s legislators, who’ve banned trans fat and is currently appealing the blocked soda ban, that would curb obesity among children. “Eliminating enticing tobacco displays and low-cost cigarettes from unscrupulous vendors will yield tremendous health dividends that will compound in the future. Our children deserve that future,” said Councilman James Gennaro.

The illegal selling of single cigarettes to youths have declined due to Department of Consumer Affairs Tobacco inspections, and have seen a compliance of 91 percent from 52 percent in 2002. The Sensible Tobacco Enforcement would continue to decline the sells of discounted cigarettes and allow fair competition between retailers. Violators can expect fines and/or revocation of license.

Bloomberg isn’t the only one wanting to prevent youth smoking. Texas Senator Carlos Uresti recently proposed a bill that would raise the smoking age to 21, stating, “more than 503,000 kids under the age of 18 will die prematurely from tobacco.”

Death is just a few of the harsh dangers of smoking.The U.S. government recently ruled for the Federal Drug and Administration to create new labels and to ditch the graphic cigarette warning labels.

Smokers looking to quit can call 311 or 1-866-NY-QUITS, or visit nyc.gov. The Health Department’s Nicotine Patch and Gum Program runs through March 21.

Pic: Google Images

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  1. […] Bloomberg recently targeted young smokers with bill proposals that would restrict outward display of tobacco products in stores across the […]

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