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Mayor to cig sellers: Hide 'em if you got 'em

  • New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants tobacco out of sight in stores
  • Bloomberg says tobacco is not a 'normal product'
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New York could become the first city to ban cigarette displays.

Stores would have to keep them below the counter or behind a curtain -- anywhere but in plain sight.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg explained the idea to CNN's Jake Tapper, saying, "What were trying to do is just deglamorize, don’t remind [shoppers], don’t make it look like [tobacco] is a normal product." 

Convenience stores, meanwhile, hate the idea. Jim Calvin of the New York Association of Convenience Stores says, "The notion of forcing licensed, tax-collecting, law-abiding retailers to hide their tobacco inventory is patently absurd."

More from The Lead with Jake Tapper on CNN: Bloomberg: Crusader or meddling nanny?

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