Removing Flavored E-Cigarettes from the New York City Market a Vital Step Forward
American Lung Association Urges Swift Vote to Prohibit Sale of Menthol Cigarettes in New York City
(November 26, 2019) - New York, NY
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Today, the New York City Council passed legislation that would prohibit the sale of flavored e-cigarette products in all five boroughs but failed to vote on a measure to remove menthol cigarettes from the market.
American Lung Association National President and CEO Harold P. Wimmer issued the following statement:
“Today’s vote is a vital step in the right direction and we commend Councilman Mark Levine’s steadfast advocacy to protect public health. While the nation waits for federal action to address flavored e-cigarettes, local action to remove flavored products is critically important. Recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that, nationwide, more than one in four high school students are using e-cigarettes, and multiple studies report that flavors are driving youth addiction.
“We have come to expect bold leadership from the New York City Council. Protecting New Yorkers from tobacco-related death and disease cannot be achieved without comprehensive action. We urge Speaker Johnson to acknowledge the widespread support of the menthol cigarette legislation (Intro 1345) from a majority of the New York City Council and endorsements by scores of community groups, elected officials, and faith leaders and schedule a vote at the next Stated Meeting. The menthol cigarette bill stands to make a meaningful impact on the health and wellness of New Yorkers – and we urge local leaders to demand this as part of a comprehensive, modernized tobacco control solution.”
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: Lung.org.
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