Councilman hopes to limit tobacco ads

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Thursday, November 18, 2010 | Meg Rossman | Categories:
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- You may soon be seeing fewer cigarette advertisements around the City of Buffalo. Common Councilman Demone Smith has been working on legislation that would outlaw cigarette ads in convenience store windows. If passed, the "Responsible Retailing Tobacco Act" would limit the amount of advertising that could be done in and outside stores and limit signage at stores within 1,000 feet of schools. Smith said he first proposed the legislation after walking around the city’s Masten District and noticed ads for cigarettes at eye level for students. "We're not asking people to stop smoking but all you see when you walk down the street is advertisements for tobacco and that's beyond what is needed," Smith said. A recent study showed ads were found in 93 percent of tobacco retailers in Western New York.
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