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  • New York Lawmakers Must Consider Consequences of Banning Both Vaping Flavors and Menthol Cigarettes

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    (photo: Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office)

    The New York City Council recently voted to ban flavored e-cigarettes. Mayor Bill de Blasio will reportedly either sign the bill or let it pass into law. The City Council also considered a bill banning menthol-flavored traditional cigarettes but did not vote on the measure.

    Still, energized by their legislative victory, anti-smoking

  • NAACP, Anti-Smoking Groups Press City Council Speaker on Bills Banning Flavored Cigarettes

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    Council Members Levine, center, & Cabrera, behind him (photo: John McCarten/City Council)

    The New York chapter of the NAACP and four of the nation’s largest anti-smoking groups are urging City Council Speaker Corey Johnson to support two bills that would effectively ban the sale of flavored tobacco products in New York City. The groups recently sent a letter urging Speaker Johnson to bring the two proposals up for a vote in the City Council.

    The first bill, ...

  • The City’s New Pharmacy Ban and Next Steps in Fighting Cigarette Smoking

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    (photo: Michael Appleton/Mayor's Office)

    Shoppers at pharmacies are there to buy products that will make them healthier, whether that’s tissue boxes to help with colds or prescription medication for a chronic issue. Pharmacies shouldn’t be home to items that make people sick.

    CVS recognized this in 2014 when it took the unprecedented step of stopping the sale of tobacco products in its stores. Many public health professionals thought this would be the beginning of a wave of pharmacies following CVS’ lead. That

  • NYCHA Prepares to Implement Smoking Ban

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    (photo via the Mayor's Office)

    Following the announcement of a nationwide smoking ban in public housing residences last year, the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) has been preparing to implement the controversial federal policy across its more than 320 developments that house approximately half-a-million residents.

    “Smoke-Free NYCHA” involves updating

  • Bills Fight Smoking by Keeping Pace with Tobacco Companies

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    Mayor de Blasio & co. (photo: Michael Appleton/Mayor's Office)

    Thanks to aggressive policies and programs over the past decade, the adult smoking rate declined significantly in New York City, from 21.5% in 2002 to 14.0% in 2010. However, to maintain these gains we need to continue to update our tobacco control policies to respond to an ever-changing market where tobacco company strategy attempts to circumvent current