Should Local Laws Limit Tobacco Displays? [POLL]

Haverstraw limits shops' tobacco activities. Should Nyack?

When it comes to smokers' rights in Rockland, the debate can become fierce.

Nyack lawmakers addressed the idea of last year, a conversation that galvanized hundreds of residents—some in favor of legislation combating tobacco products, and others vehemently opposed.

Earlier this year, the Palisades Center announced it will this May. It's a decision that has several mall employees miffed, as they'll have to kick the habit or take smoke breaks inside their cars.

Now, the Village of Haverstraw has passed a local law that restricts tobacco product displays in businesses that are open to children. The legislation aims to reduce the number of youngsters who pick up the habit, officials said, and shops that do not obey can face a $500 fine.

"We know that the more often our kids are exposed to tobacco products the more likely they are to smoke," said Jeff Seyler, President and CEO of the American Lung Association of the Northeast. "In passing this forward- thinking law, the Village of Haverstraw has taken a step forward toward preventing the next generation of youth from becoming addicted to a product that leads to disease and premature death."

What's your take? Sound off in our Patch poll below.

Terra House April 19, 2012 at 02:39 PM
Terra: The evidence is clear: Tobacco use is the number one cause of preventable death in the U.S. The tobacco industry targets youth with tobacco marketing in retail establishments. Ordinances that prohibit tobacco product displays prevent youth from engaging in a life long addiction that will end in their painful, early death. When you know better do better!!
sue April 19, 2012 at 03:40 PM
This law does not restrict a persons ability to advertise products nor regulate sales. It simply covers displays where youth shop. Selling tobacco products in adult only stores like liquor is in many states is a great idea!
Chris April 19, 2012 at 04:03 PM
The less government gets involved with things the better off we will all be.
Chris April 19, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Government makes good money on tobacco. Since the current users will not live forever, they need a new market. Whether the new smoker waits until they are 18 or not, they will watch their parents and peers doing it and will join suit. Advertising is a very small part in the cultural attitudes toward tobacco smoking in this country.
sue April 20, 2012 at 05:50 PM
The government LOSES money on tobacco. The tax would have to be over $11 per pack just for taxpayers to break even on what smoking related illness costs us in extra Medicare and Medicaid for smokers - that is not to mention the higher health care costs for everyone else not on public health care, nor the lost productivity and cost to employers (around $3,700 more per smoking employee.)


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