Mayor Bloomberg really, really, really doesn't want you to smoke

Wow. Mayor Michael Bloomberg is not content with jacking up taxes on cigarettes, or making it a crime to smoke just about anywhere except your own home. Now the crusading mayor wants to micromanage convenience stores by dictating where they can place their products and how much they can charge for them. New York Times: Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg opened a new front in his antismoking campaign last week when he proposed new legislation that would require stores to keep tobacco products out of sight, making New York the first city in the nation to do so. Its companion bill, however, has the potential to be just as groundbreaking, experts on tobacco control said. Along with strengthening the penalties on retailers that evade tobacco taxes, the second bill establishes a minimum price for cigarettes and cigarillos, or little cigars, of $10.50 a pack, the first time such a strategy has been used to combat smoking. The bill also prohibits retailers from redeeming coupons or...(Read Full Post)