October 28, 2010 - Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg signed legislation on Wednesday, October 27th to prohibit the sale of most forms of flavored tobacco products in New York City. The new law is more extensive than the federal Food and Drug Administration’s ban on candy- and fruit-flavored cigarettes, which took effect last month.
October 14, 2009 - The City Council voted, on Wednesday, October 14th to expand on the Food and Drug Administration’s action to ban the sale of flavored cigarettes by banning the sale of all flavored tobacco products (cigarettes, cigars and smokeless tobacco) in New York City. The bill (Intro 433-A Flavored Tobacco) was approved by a vote of 46 to 1.
The legislation covers “chocolate, vanilla, honey, candy, cocoa, dessert, alcoholic beverage, herb or spice flavors,” but exempts “tobacco, menthol, mint or wintergreen flavors.”
New York City - ban on flavored tobacco products becomes law..
May 21, 2009 - New York City Councilman Joel Rivera (D-Bronx) presided over a public hearing yesterday, 5/21 on two bills. One bill would ban flavored tobacco and the other would ban smoking outside hospitals. Both measures were enthusiastically supported by the city Health Department and a number of anti-smoking advocates.
New York City Council ban candy-flavored tobacco, smoking outside of hospitals..New York City Council ban candy-flavored tobacco, smoking outside of hospitals...
While the city’s adult smoking rate has fallen — a development that the mayor has repeatedly trumpeted as a public health success — the Council said that the proportion of public high school students in the city who said they smoked only cigars and cigarillos had tripled since 2001. Flavored tobacco products are often marketed at the young.
Violators of the new city law may be fined up to $2,000 or have their tobacco-vending license suspended.
Reference: Ban on Flavored Tobacco Products Becomes City Law by SEWELL CHAN, The New York Times, 10/28/2010.
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