Cuomo’s 2019 executive budget to include proposals restraining tobacco and e-cigarette sales

(WBNG) — New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2019 executive budget seeks to curb tobacco and electronic cigarette sales.

On January 12, Governor Cuomo announced a proposal to raise the minimum sales age for tobacco and electronic cigarettes products from 18 to 21.  This proposal will be included in the 2019 executive budget.

In addition to this, the Governor will propose the following:

  • Ending the sale of tobacco and e-cigarette products in pharmacies.
  • Restrict the displaying of tobacco e-cigarette products and packaging in all retail stores that are not adult only.
  • Provide the Department of Health the authority to ban the sale of certain flavored e-cigarette liquids that target youth.
  • Restrict available discounts provided by tobacco and e-cigarette manufacturers and retailers.
  • Require e-cigarettes to be sold only through licensed retailers.

In an official press release, the governor said, “With this comprehensive proposal, we are taking aggressive action to combat this very real public health crisis and curb the use of nicotine products before they result in deadly consequences for an entire generation of New Yorkers.”

More information can be found at the NYS Department of Health website, by clicking here.


Matthew Benninger

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