Tobacco Display Ban Up In Smoke As NYC Anti-Cig Bills Pass

By Pete Brush (October 29, 2013, 6:36 PM EDT) -- The New York City Council's health committee on Tuesday approved two anti-smoking bills — one creating a $10.50 price floor for a pack of cigarettes to combat tax evasion and one requiring purchasers be 21 years old — but a controversial ban on retail tobacco displays was crushed out.

The anti-smoking legislation is supported by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who leaves office in just over two months, and likely will be approved by the full New York City Council on Wednesday. But Bloomberg's display ban proposal, which ran into fierce opposition from retailers, was scrapped, possibly because it would have become embroiled...

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