Hochul Reportedly Considering Statewide Ban On Cigarette Sales In New York

  • New York’s state government has a reputation for nanny-state-ism. But even with that reputation in mind, many were surprised by the news that Governor Kathy Hochul’s administration is reportedly considering a flat ban on the sale of tobacco products in New York.
  • “The pro-legal weed Hochul administration is quietly trying to fire up support for a complete ban on the sale of tobacco products in New York,” the New York Post reports. “The state Health Department commissioned a new survey aimed at gauging support for an all-out prohibition — despite Gov. Hochul’s failure to secure support from state legislators to include a ban on menthol cigarettes and other flavored tobacco products in the yet-to-be-approved state budget.”
  • “An outright ban being considered… is all new territory,” an anonymous source told the Post. “And I’ve never seen anything like this where [the state] uses this kind of focus grouping, alliance building, momentum building.”
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