New York becomes the second state in the nation to restrict the sale of tobacco products in pharmacies and the fourth state to restrict flavored e-cigarettes.
It also reduces the number of stores that sell tobacco products in every community, an effective way of supporting tobacco users who want to quit and reducing youth exposure to tobacco marketing.
Evidence shows that flavored e-cigarettes fueled youth vaping to the alarmingly high rate of 27% among New York State high school students in 2018. Research also shows that the flavors in e-cigarettes attract kids and the nicotine addicts them.
For help quitting smoking or vaping, including free nicotine replacement therapy for eligible residents, individuals can contact a health care provider, call the New York State Smokers' Quitline at 1-866-NY-QUITS or visit www.nysmokefree.com.
Effective medications and counseling are covered by Medicaid and most insurance programs.