To­bacco reg­u­la­tions

Cuomo pro­posal would ban sales to those un­der 21, take prod­ucts out of phar­ma­cies

Albany Times Union (Sunday) - - FRONT PAGE - Staff Re­ports

Cuomo propos­ing to raise min­i­mum sales age for to­bacco in ex­ec­u­tive bud­get.

Gov. An­drew M. Cuomo said Satur­day he is propos­ing to raise the min­i­mum sales age for to­bacco and elec­tronic cig­a­rette prod­ucts from 18 to 21 in his 2019 ex­ec­u­tive bud­get.

It is part of pro­posed leg­is­la­tion that also would end the sale of to­bacco and e-cig­a­rette prod­ucts in phar­ma­cies and clar­i­fies the state Health Depart­ment’s au­thor­ity to ban the sale of cer­tain fla­vored e-cig­a­rette liq­uids.

Cuomo’s pro­posal in­cludes:

Rais­ing min­i­mum sales age. “Most un­der­age youth ob­tain to­bacco and va­por prod­ucts from friends, who are over 18 and can le­gally pur­chase prod­ucts. Rais­ing the min­i­mum age will curb youth to­bacco use and re­move sources of to­bacco from high schools.”

End­ing the sale of to­bacco and elec­tronic cig­a­rette prod­ucts in phar­ma­cies. “(It) will re­duce the avail­abil­ity, vis­i­bil­ity, and so­cial ac­cept­abil­ity of to­bacco use, es­pe­cially to youth.”

Pro­hibit the dis­play of to­bacco prod­ucts and pack­ag­ing, in­clud­ing eci­garettes, in all re­tail stores that are not adult-only.

Clar­i­fy­ing the Health Depart­ment’s au­thor­ity to ban the sale of cer­tain fla­vored e-cig­a­rette liq­uids. “Fla­vors, such as sweet tart, tof­fee, and bub­ble gum, make e-cig­a­rettes more at­trac­tive to youth. The bud­get will in­clude a pro­posal to pro­vide the Depart­ment of Health the au­thor­ity to ban the sale of cer­tain fla­vored liq­uids that tar­get youth use of e-cig­a­rettes.”

Re­strict­ing avail­able dis­counts pro­vided by to­bacco and elec­tronic cig­a­rette man­u­fac­tur­ers and re­tail­ers and re­quire e-cig­a­rettes be sold only through li­censed re­tail­ers.

Within an hour of the an­nounce­ment, the Amer­i­can Lung As­so­ci­a­tion ex­pressed its sup­port in an emailed state­ment.

“Smok­ing kills more than 28,000

New York­ers per year and costs the state of $10 bil­lion an­nu­ally. Ad­di­tion­ally, the use of e-cig­a­rettes by our youth is an epi­demic that de­mands bold ac­tion,” said the as­so­ci­a­tion’s Michael Seil­back, na­tional as­sis­tant vice pres­i­dent of state pub­lic pol­icy.

But Blair Horner of the New York Pub­lic In­ter­est Re­search Group, cited two stud­ies to con­tend that rais­ing the smok­ing age won’t have im­pact on teen smok­ing. The fed­eral Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion says 90 per­cent of smok­ers start be­fore the age of 18.

An Amer­i­can Pub­lic Health As­so­ci­a­tion study of New York City’s 2014 mea­sure rais­ing the min­i­mum age “did not ac­cel­er­ate re­duc­tions in youth to­bacco use any more rapidly than de­clines ob­served in com­par­i­son sites.”

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John Carl d’an­ni­bale / times union ar­chive

Gov. Cuomo’s pro­posal would ban to­bacco sales in phar­ma­cies.

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