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Cuomo wants to raise age to buy tobacco, e-cigs



New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to raise the minimum age to buy tobacco and e-cigarettes. (WHAM photo)

NEW YORK (AP) – New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to raise the state's lowest age to buy tobacco and electronic cigarette products from 18 to 21 – to limit their use of younger people.

Cuomo announced on Saturday that he will include the proposal in his 2019 executive budget.

The law would prohibit the sale of tobacco and electronic cigarette products in pharmacies, limit their display in non-adult stores and require that e-cigarettes be sold only by licensed retailers.

The governor says New York has made "big steps" to stamp out teenage pressure, but new products threaten to undo the trend.

Cuomo also wants to clarify the health department's authority to prohibit the sale of certain flavored e-cigarette fluids, except menthol, which may be popular as a youth smoking start product.

In June of June, a measure that would have increased the minimum age to buy tobacco products ucts failed to cross Monroe County Legislature.


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