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You can browse the latest porn magazines at Canadian shops, but tough new laws mean that cigarette packages are simply too suggestive.
Shop owners in Ontario, Quebec and a few other provinces must now hide tobacco products from their customers under rules that will cover most of Canada by year-end as the country tries to stamp out smoking by young people.
The provincial governments want to discourage the habit by "de-normalizing" the presence of cigarettes, which typically enjoyed prime placement behind the cash register.
well at least they know...
"It's a pain in the ass, and a double-standard that the government supports liquor sales," said a Toronto shop owner who did not want to be named, but who noted children too young to buy pornography are still free to eye the plastic-covered magazines, which are only partly hidden by their shelving.
"It's kind of like a nanny state."
Canadian retailers complain the law will confuse customers and sellers, and stifle sales of their top product.
But the provinces, which are responsible for managing Canada's publicly funded healthcare system, say they are trying to curb the country's No. 1 cause of early death, cancer.
Originally posted by jasonjnelson
Read the whole article. Does anyone else have a huge problem with the varying treatment that our addictive products get? So Alcohol is less of a problem than cigarettes? Sound off, WTF is up with our Nanny states?