On Tuesday, Governor Cuomo pitched a number of ideas to try and curb the use of tobacco and e-cigarette products. The proposals start with raising the minimum buying age for tobacco and e-cigarette products from 18 to 21. This is aimed at keeping tobacco out of high schools.
Pharmacies would be prohibited from selling tobacco and e-cigarette products to reduce the availability.
All retail stores that are not adult-only would be prohibited from displaying tobacco products and packaging, including e-cigarettes in an effort to reduce marketing practices aimed at youth.
The Health Department would be able to ban certain flavored e-cigarette liquids such as sweet tart, toffee, and bubble gum. Flavors that are more appealing to youth.
E-cigarette retailers would be required to be licensed so that law enforcement can keep a closer eye on sales to minors.
New York already has the highest cigarette tax in the country, and the government wants to keep that money, so the governor is proposing restrictions on tobacco discounts like buy one get one free promotions.
New York received an estimated 2 billion dollars in tobacco settlements and taxes just last year, and yet New York only spends around 40 million on tobacco prevention. If you do the math New York is pulling in one billion nine hundred and sixty million in tobacco money.
While these proposals all seem like an effort to keep youth from smoking, it doesn’t explain the Governor’s push to legalize marijuana. A product typically smoked. We’ll have much more on that subject as we learn about regulations being proposed.