Flavored e-cigs, all tobacco sales in pharmacies, end in New York

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KINGSTON – Tobacco Free Action Communities is hailing the end of the sales of flavored e-cigarettes and all tobacco products in pharmacies.

The new law takes effect on Monday.

“Protecting youth from fruit, candy and menthol flavored e-cigarettes as well as reducing access and exposure to tobacco products in pharmacies is a huge step toward reducing tobacco use and addressing youth nicotine addiction,” said Ellen Reinhard, director of the anti-smoking group. “Anything we can do to decrease youth exposure to tobacco products and de-normalize tobacco use, helps to send the message that smoking and vaping have serious and long term health consequences.”

Nearly 40 percent of high school seniors in New York State use e-cigarettes and 27 percent of all high school youths vape, according to research.