Tobacco

 E-cigarettes devices are display in a local store
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January 13, 2020 - 11:01 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — New York lawmakers could ban flavored tobacco products amid growing concern over the tobacco and vaping industry’s use of flavorings to attract young people and African Americans, though it’s unclear whether a push to ban menthol cigarettes will succeed. The Democratic...
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December 12, 2019 - 6:12 am
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — New York's ban on flavored e-cigarettes is still held up in court but the state may try to keep it alive and expand it to include menthol. The state's Public Health and Health Planning Council is set to vote Thursday to keep the emergency ban on the books for another 90...
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March 06, 2019 - 3:59 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Lawmakers in the New York state Assembly have voted to raise the smoking age from 18 to 21. The legislation, which passed the Democrat-led chamber on Wednesday, prohibits the sale of tobacco, as well as electronic cigarettes, to anyone under 21. That's already the law in seven...
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TOPS Gas station in Tonawanda. March 4, 2019 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)
Mike Baggerman
March 05, 2019 - 3:00 am
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN ) - Tops Markets found a workaround to Erie County's recent ban on tobacco sales at pharmacies. By selling cigarettes and other tobacco products at its gas kiosks, Tops can still legally sell tobacco products, even though March 1 was the first day that tobacco sales at...
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January 12, 2019 - 5:52 pm
NEW YORK (WBEN/AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to raise the state's minimum age to buy tobacco and electronic cigarette products from 18 to 21 — to curb their use by younger people. Cuomo announced Saturday that he will include the proposal in his 2019 executive budget. The legislation would...
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Tom Puckett
December 28, 2018 - 1:46 pm
Buffalo, NY (WBEN) Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz has signed into law a comprehensive health package that restricts tobacco use and sales. The new law makes any smoking in a motor vehicle with a child under the age of 18 present illegal. The Public Health Protection Act also bans the...
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Tom Puckett
November 29, 2018 - 4:00 am
Buffalo, NY (WBEN) As Erie County holds a public hearing on a proposal to ban pharmacies from selling tobacco, one pharmacist says it's an excellent idea. But he admits it took him some time to get out of selling it. "I think it's long overdue," says Brad Arthur of Black Rock Pharmacy. "I think it'...
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February 20, 2018 - 3:42 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York state's adult smoking rate inched to its lowest recorded level in the latest numbers from state health officials. The administration of Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday that 14.2 percent of adults were smokers in 2016, compared to 14.5 the year before. Smoking rates...
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