Tobacco Control Measures in State Budget

Written by Lauren Sears on April 3, 2020

New York State lawmakers have passed the 2020-21 state budget. In this budget are several tobacco control measures that will go into effect this summer, making our communities a healthier place to live, work, learn and play.

As of May 18, the sale of all flavored e-cigarettes (except tobacco flavor) will be prohibited unless and until a particular product receives market authorization by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  Also, tobacco sales in all pharmacies and stores that contain a pharmacy will end.

As of July 1, several other tobacco control measures will go into effect:

  • Prohibits price discounts and coupons for tobacco products
  • Ends online sales of vapor products delivered to private residences
  • Ends tobacco ads and product displays near schools
  • Increases penalties for tobacco retailers selling to underage purchasers.

New York is the second state in the nation to prohibit pharmacies from selling tobacco products (Massachusetts) and is also the second state in the nation to prohibit coupons and other price promotions for tobacco and e-cigarette products (New Jersey).