Smokers in Ontario will soon have to flip through the binder and pick the brand of their choice at the convenience store as the province will ban cigarette display, the government said, though, this is growing concern for shopkeepers who are necessary to save lives. While 10,000 convenience stores in Ontario say half of them will not be ready to hide all the smoke by the May 31 deadline, Prime Minister Dalton McGinty said, businesses have had years to comply with the new rules, which he says will reduce the temptation of smoking to children. \"This is a health problem,\" McGuinty said . \". \"Don\'t we have to put health first? You ask any parents-smokers and non-smokers Do you want your child to start smoking? They will give you the same answer. Of course I won\'t. \"Science has proven that these energy walls are effective in attracting children, so we want to go beyond that. \"The new ban prohibits all tobacco products from being displayed in any way and prohibits customers from touching them before payment. The province said that shopkeepers must ensure that tobacco products are not displayed to any potential customers at any time, including during incoming purchases or inventory checks. The owner can\'t put cigarettes behind the \"garage\" Style \"or open the cabinet door to display the entire inventory. Curtains or blinds are also unacceptable. Overhead containers or below are recommended by the province-the- Counter drawer visible only behind the counter. Health promotion minister Margaret ett Best says it\'s time for the convenience store to stop selling cigarettes next to \"twizzler and hockey ball cards. \"The industry knows it will last more than three years,\" Best said recently in the legislature . \". \"We are working with our partners to ensure a smooth transition. \"But many people say the switch will be very smooth. Although Best says law enforcement officers have visited more than 5,000 stores in Ontario to prepare for the new law, many say shopkeepers need more time and government support. Although the display ban was passed under smoke The free Ontario Act, two years ago, was not specifically requested until the end of January. The Ontario Convenience Store Association says building new storage units and dismantling so-so will cost many retailers up to $2,500 Called \"wall of power \". Dave Brighton, president of the association, said: \"The display ban in Quebec also came into effect at the end of May, so a limited number of companies have backed up the required storage units. By May 31, all tobacco products will be covered in some way and shower curtains will be used if necessary, according to Brian. But this is not enough to protect shopkeepers from excessive consumption. Enthusiastic tobacco law enforcement officers, he added. \"We\'re not here to argue about this,\" said Brian . \" He added that the owner had given up fighting the merits of the ban itself. \"Time is running out. \"The tobacco ban is a double blow to shopkeepers who have lost a quarter of cigarette sales due to smuggling cigarettes,\" said Brian. The province should use this energy to stop illegal cigarette smuggling, rather than hunting down the wrong shopkeepers who used towels to cover up the power wall, Brighton said. \"Convenience stores will not go out of business because they have covered the tobacco wall,\" said Brian . \". \"They will go out of business because our regular customers get products 10 times cheaper than the ones we sell them, so they don\'t buy chewing gum, potato chips, pop music or lottery tickets. Progressive Conservative Party leader John Tory says the free government is on the small- It ignores the growing illegal cigarette trade. He said it was time for the Liberal Party to give the owner some flexibility on the May 31 deadline and turn its attention to stop illegal smoking. \"They didn\'t realize that these convenience stores provide a lot of work for a lot of people,\" said Tory . \". The New Democrat, Cheri dinetti, said the ban on the display of tobacco products should have been introduced a long time ago. But she says it\'s wrong to rush through without any retailer support. The province can replace tobacco advertising with some of its own health ads and increase the commission that shopkeepers receive from lottery tickets to reduce their dependence on tobacco sales, Dinghan said. \"The government cannot leave them outside to dry,\" she said . \". \"You can\'t do it by relying solely on retailers. You have to help them.