The Albany County Legislature is holding a public hearing on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at 7:15pm on Local Law “E” for 2019 that would end the sale of all flavored tobacco products, including menthol and flavored e-cigarettes. The stated intent of the law is to reduce youth tobacco use by limiting their access to flavored products.
More than 80% of young people who have ever used a tobacco product say they started with a flavored product. Flavoring, including menthol, makes it easier for young people to start smoking—the menthol and flavorings make inhalation less irritating. Among youth who currently smoke cigarettes in New York State, most smoke menthol. Nearly twice as many NY youth that smoke cigarettes use other tobacco products such as cigars, cigarillos and chew tobacco, which are still sold in fruit and candy flavors, including menthol.
Between 2014 and 2018, e-cigarette use among high school students in NYS increased 160%. More than 1 in every 4 high school students uses e-cigarettes. Currently, the liquids used in e-cigarettes are available in more than 15,000 flavors which include kid-friendly names such as gummy bear, cotton candy, and banana smash.
The public hearing will be held in the Legislative Chambers, Albany County Courthouse, 2nd Floor, Eagle Street, Albany, NY. Speakers can sign up prior to the start of the hearing and each individual will be allowed three to five minutes to speak.
For more information on flavored vaping and traditional tobacco products, visit FlavorsHookKidsNY.org.
For additional information and resources, contact Capital District Tobacco-Free Communities, 518-459-2388 or contact@SmokeFreeCapital.org.