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Ontario Amendment May Ban Cigarette Displays

TORONTO -- Canadian Health Minister George Smitherman gave his approval to changes to his no-smoking bill that would eliminate the big displays of cigarettes in retail stores a year after passing legislation, the Toronto-based National Post reported.

Additionally, other changes to the bill would hide tobacco products two years later. Smitherman said the changes have the right balance and make the no-smoking bill stronger, according to the report.

The displays dominating the walls behind the counter at the convenience stores and other retail outlets have been a hot topic for anti-smoking advocates, who say the displays lure children to smoke, the Post reported.

However, convenience store owners argue banning the displays will hurt their profits.
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