As goes Haverstraw, so goes the rest of Rockland, Westchester, Orange and Putnam Counties — and maybe New York State and the nation. That’s the fear some retailers expressed in Big Implications for a Little Village’s Ban, a convenience store trade publication article about new regulations passed on April 16 to ban tobacco advertising in Haverstraw convenience stores beginning next October.
“Last week, the Village of Haverstraw in New York’s Rockland County sent shockwaves through the convenience store industry by passing a tobacco display ban–the first of such bans in the United States,” writes Tobacco E-News on CSPnet.com, a trade publication for the convenience store industry.
“The Family Smoking Prevention Act gave the FDA the authority to limit advertisements aimed at young people,” said former Nyack trustee Denise Hogan who worked with a citizen’s group advocating for the Haverstraw cigarette ad ban.
The president of the New York Association of Convenience Stores called the new law “breathtakingly absurd.”