Governor Cuomo Announces Proposal to Raise Tobacco and E-Cigarette Sales Age From 18 to 21 to be Included in 2019 Executive Budget

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo today announced that a proposal to raise the minimum sales age for tobacco and electronic cigarette products from 18 to 21 will be included in the 2019 executive budget as part of comprehensive legislation to address the teen vaping epidemic, curb youth tobacco use and remove sources of tobacco and nicotine products from high schools.

We have made great strides to stamp out teen smoking, but new products threaten to undo this progress to the detriment of millions of Americans. In New York, we refuse to stand idly by while unscrupulous businesses target our young people and put their very futures at risk,” Governor Cuomo said.

The legislation contains multiple tobacco control provisions and would provide the Department of Health the authority to ban the sale of flavored e-cigarette liquids that target youth.

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January 12, 2018