Retailers Balk at Cigarette Rules

Today, a local story, from the province where I live:

From the Halifax Chronicle Herald: Smoke sellers fume over display rules (by Sherri Borden Colley)

On the eve of new rules that ban the display of tobacco products behind counters, some 200 Nova Scotia convenience store owners will meet … today to fight the way the province is implementing the legislation.

One of the key complaints is cost. According to the story, retailers are claiming that renovations to bring their stores into compliance will cost “anywhere from $4,000 to $10,000 per store.” The retailers’ association is even (implausibly) asking the province to compensate them financially for (some of?) those costs.

So, yeah, on one hand, that’s a lot to cough up to revise the method by which a legal product is sold. On the other hand, you can’t expect much sympathy when you’re selling a lethal, addictive product.

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