The Haverstraw Experience: The First Tobacco Product Display Ban in the United States

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In April 2012, the village of Haverstraw, New York, passed the first tobacco retail display ban in the United States. Community groups funded by the New York State Department of Health Tobacco Control Program mobilized community members to support an initiative to protect youths in their area from tobacco marketing via methods consistent with a community transformation framework. The law was soon rescinded after 7 tobacco companies and the New York Association of Convenience Stores filed a federal lawsuit against the village that challenged the law’s constitutionality. We discuss lessons learned and next steps for adoption of local point-of-sale policies.

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