Commentary on today’s news and opinion, from readers and newsmakers.
Big Tobacco and the New York Association of Convenience Stores have sued the village of Haverstraw over a law that hides cigarettes from minors. Is this a violation of free speech, as the tobacco makers and convenience stores argue? Some — though not all — LoHud.com readers think so:
At the exact same time this law passed a head shop opened up on New Main Street in the village. The window is full of bongs and pipes. Nice try, but this law is going down on free speech and private property rights. I hope the village gives in before it costs us too much.”
— John Taggart
Good to see someone fighting for freedom! Next, the leftwing loons will want stores to ‘hide’ candy, soda and baked goods so obese people aren’t tempted.”
— Tony Francis
A display ban does not prevent adults from purchasing their favorite brands. A display ban does not ban advertising, so free speech is protected. A display ban protects children from direct tobacco marketing. Tobacco companies pay big money to place their displays in prominent locations in stores. Kids who see them are more likely to smoke when they are older. … Is there a problem with protecting kids? Seemingly, only a tobacco profiteer would think so.”
— Diane Moore
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