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American Lung Association Praises Governor Cuomo’s Tobacco Control Proposals as Having Life-Saving Potential

(January 12, 2019) - ALBANY, N.Y.

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The American Lung Association applauded and thanked Governor Cuomo for his announcement that he will include a broad package of tobacco control policies in the Executive Budget / State of the State address.  

  • Raising the age of sale of all tobacco products from 18 to 21
  • Prohibiting the sale of tobacco products in pharmacies
  • Restricting the display of tobacco products
  • Giving the New York State Department of Health authority to restrict the sale of flavored tobacco products
  • Prohibit the use of coupons and other discounts on tobacco products
  • Require licensing of e-cigarette retailers

Michael Seilback, National Assistant Vice President of State Public Policy for American Lung Association issued a statement praising the move as a bold one for public health:
“Smoking kills more than 28,000 New Yorkers per year and costs the state of $10 billion annually. Additionally, the use of e-cigarettes by our youth is an epidemic that demands bold action. The Governor’s thoughtful legislative proposal will save lives, protect countless young people, and save the state in healthcare costs.

In 2017, over 28% of New York high school students reported using tobacco products, and e-cigarettes are proving to be just another tool reeling them into a dangerous and often lifetime of addiction to nicotine.  Raising the age of sale of all tobacco products, (including e-cigarettes), preventing the use of coupons and other discounts on tobacco products, and prohibiting flavors are all proven ways to protect young people from beginning a lifelong and dangerous addition to tobacco.  Further, by prohibiting the sale of tobacco products in pharmacies, restricting product displays and requiring licensing of e-cigarette retail locations New York State will undoubtedly reduce the consumption, availability, and visibility of tobacco in our local communities.  It encourages current smokers to quit and makes clear tobacco’s negative impact on public health.”

Finally, this package spotlights  New York as a national leader in public health and on tobacco policy. The American Lung Association strongly supports this proposal and urges the Senate and Assembly to adopt it.”


About the American Lung Association

The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and a Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit:

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