I’m an ex-smoker (only for about a month, smoked 15 years before that) and well…what?
In Ohio, or at least the grocery stores around here, in-your-face displays at the checkout have been gone for a long time. While having to ask someone to go get you cigs when you check out is sort of a bummer 1) Cigs at the grocery store are expensive anyway 2) I always thought giving kids actual eye-level access to tiny, steal-able packs of cigs was a bad idea. So it didn’t bother me much.
I just realized recently that as an ex-smoker, I pretty much do not have cause to go in to the gas station any more. I use my card at the pump and unless I’m dying for a snack, I’m not going inside. So I wouldn’t even notice if cigs got moved to the roof of the gas station.
In reality, if cigarettes got moved to a secret closet, ONLY in one type of store (gas station/grocery store/liquor store/sewing store, whatever), and the price was over $10 a pack, I would STILL smoke if I wanted to, and I know plenty of others who would too.
Seeing cigarettes or cigarette ads didn’t remind me “hey I am a smoker.” My addiction to nicotine was enough to drive me to buy.
Liquor is sold only at liquor stores in many jurisdictions. Does that keep the general populace from using it? Nope. Hell, you can only get McDonalds’ cheeseburgers in certain restaurants across the nation (that would be, McDonalds). People still figure out how to find them and consume them, against everyone’s tsk-tsking.
Rubbish idea, but whatever.