New York Health Dept. Explores Banning All Tobacco Products

  • New York Gov. Kathy Hochul’s Department of Health commissioned a survey distributed to state and county leaders exploring a ban on all tobacco products, despite lawmakers’ declining support to prohibit menthol cigarettes and other flavored products.
  • According to an April 13 memo from Jennifer Lee, director of the Health Department’s Bureau of Tobacco Control, obtained by The New York Post, researchers from RTI International organization disseminated the survey to “community leaders” statewide, including “county legislators and county directors of public health.”
  • “What is your opinion about a policy that would end the sale of all tobacco products in New York within 10 years?” was among the questions asked last week in the “New York Local Opinion Leaders Survey,” examined by the Post.
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