Issue: Person Issues: Children
One of the issues related to the sale of tobacco products is that they can be sold at the same point of sale as food, candy, home health products, etc., products perceived as "safe" by children. Whether or not a child is accompanying a family member or near another person purchasing hazardous tobacco products, the purchase of these products is taking place in front of the child. It is proposed that, without restricting the sale of harmful tobacco products to those allowed to purchase them, a separate section must be set aside in stores for the sale of the tobacco products. This closed-off section would have its own cash register (manned or unmanned), and would be designed so that children anywhere in the store could not see the purchase being made. In addition, the only signage allowed would be that which directs the purchaser to the designated location; tobacco product advertising would only be allowed inside of the sales area.
It appears (as a minimum) inappropriate to allow the sale and purchase of any hazardous agent (e.g. cigarettes and tobacco products), paint thinners, large and/or potentially deadly weapons) to the public in the immediate location of where children can also see and purchase (or watch adults select and pay for) food, candy, toys, fun electronic devices, medicines, etc. The suggestion is not to arbitrarily ban the sale of any product deemed legal to be sold in the United States, but rather to separate the display and sale of such products from obviously beneficial or joyful merchandise. This might require enclosed areas, and separate payment locations for selected dangerous items, and especially those items which are not to be legally sold to minors.