New York Governor Kathy Hochul delivered her State of the State address and immediately set her sights on heat-not-burn and other flavored tobacco products, including menthol cigarettes. The United States has banned the sale of flavored vaping products.
New York's new-term governor has outlined some of the tobacco policy changes she wants enacted, including a ban on the sale of all flavored tobacco products and an increase in the tax on combustible cigarettes from $4.35 to $5.35 a pack.
One of the world's most prominent anti-tobacco groups, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, backed by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, praised Hochul's plan. Any changes to New York's tobacco laws would first need to be passed by the state legislature.
"These actions are expected to reduce the number of young people who smoke by 9 percent, prevent 22,000 young people from becoming adult smokers, and prevent premature deaths from smoking," Hochul's office wrote in a state pamphlet.
California and Massachusetts are the only states that ban the sale of flavored tobacco products.