Undeterred by his recent setback in the Giant Soda Wars, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has turned his attention back to one of his original health enemies—smoking. One of Bloomberg's first major initiatives after taking office in 2002 was to ban smoking in all indoor workplaces, including restaurants and bars. He's since expanded that law to included parks, city beaches, and pedestrian malls. He's taxed cigarettes into oblivion, cranked up punishments for selling them to minors, and has flooded the city with disgusting anti-smoking advertisements (though not as disgusting as he would like.)
Despite all the improvements to city health and the air quality in drink establishments, that's still not enough for Mayor Mike to call a truce. Bloomberg announced today that he wants to pass a new city law that would force retailers to keep all their cigarettes stocked out of public view. If passed by the City Council, it would be the most restrictive sales law in the United States, according to the Mayor's Office, requiring vendors who sell cigarettes to store them in cabinets, under counters, or anywhere they want—as long as customers can't actually see where they are.