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Retailers State What They Stand To Lose Should Display Ban Pass

Kyle Newton April 27, 2012 News & Politics No Comments
Retailers State What They Stand To Lose Should Display Ban Pass

In Madison County, NY, retailers are being told by the proponents of a measure that would ban cigarette displays in their stores that the ban would have no effect on their business in terms of profit. However, retailers are already retorting, and the message is essentially stating “You don’t know what you’re talking about.” The affect it would have on sales is purely speculative at this point, but the number of retailers out there against the bill have certainly made their voices be heard. But perhaps one thing that the proponents of the ban did not think of is the potential difficulty that the vendors will face with their customers.

The display is not meant to be a form of advertisement so much as a way for customers to know which products are sold at that vendor. Unless there is an intuitive substitute for the display stand, there is no way for the customer to know what products are stocked, and that can lead to serious frustration for both the customers and the vendor who has no choice but to do things that way. The problem is that the proposed ban’s goal is to keep the products completely out of sight from the customers so that young people, especially children, are not advertised to. But many feel that this measure is ridiculous given just how restrictive the tobacco industry has become with the imposed regulations. Whether the ban passes or not remains to be seen, but until then vendors are on their toes.

 

http://www.cspnet.com/news/tobacco/articles/hidden-tobacco-will-come-cost

In Madison County, NY, retailers are being told by the proponents of a measure that would ban cigarette displays in their stores that the ban would have no effect on their business in terms of profit. However, retailers are already retorting, and the message is essentially stating “You don’t know what you’re talking about.” The affect it would have on sales is purely speculative at this point, but the number of retailers out there against the bill have certainly made their voices be heard. But perhaps one thing that the proponents of the ban did not think of is the potential difficulty that the vendors will face with their customers.

The display is not meant to be a form of advertisement so much as a way for customers to know which products are sold at that vendor. Unless there is an intuitive substitute for the display stand, there is no way for the customer to know what products are stocked, and that can lead to serious frustration for both the customers and the vendor who has no choice but to do things that way. The problem is that the proposed ban’s goal is to keep the products completely out of sight from the customers so that young people, especially children, are not advertised to. But many feel that this measure is ridiculous given just how restrictive the tobacco industry has become with the imposed regulations. Whether the ban passes or not remains to be seen, but until then vendors are on their toes.

http://www.cspnet.com/news/tobacco/articles/hidden-tobacco-will-come-cost

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