- Tobacco Products
Ordinance Easy to Implement - Costs Retailers Little
- On December 28, 1998, the Albuquerque
ordinance requiring most tobacco retailers to remove self-service tobacco
displays in stores and to assist in all tobacco transactions went into
effect. Between April 1 and April 10, 1999, the Albuquerque Fire Marshall's
office conducted the first inspection of 39 stores (nine were no longer
in operation). At this time, the inspectors held detailed and indepth interviews
with managers and clerks about the ease and costs associated with transitioning
to the new requirements. MASCOT provides a summary report of the Fire Marshall's
Costs for Remodeling or Refitting
Retailers responded to the study stating that the cost to the store for
remodelling or refitting checkout counters or store aisles in order to comply
with the Tobacco Products Ordiances were, in general, less than $100. The
illustration below shows the distribution of responses.
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