NYC Council Set to Vote on Tobacco Legislation

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UPDATE: HEALTH COMMITTEE APPROVES TOBACCO BILLS–FULL NYC COUNCIL VOTE EXPECTED TODAY

DSC_8925The full New York City Council is expected to vote today, October 30, 2013, on a set of tobacco control measures.   The bills were approved by the New York City Council Health Committee yesterday.  There are two tobacco control bills being considered– one that will raise the minimum legal age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21 and another that sets a minimum floor price for tobacco, limits price promotions and sets in place new enforcement standards (know as Sensible Tobacco Enforcement and Pricing).

More details will be provided about the full NYC Council vote as they become available. Learn more about the legislation here.

The New York City Council will soon vote on two pieces of tobacco control legislation.  Reports indicate that the vote could happen as early as tomorrow, October 29, 2013.  The legislation, which would raise the minimum legal age to purchase tobacco to 21 and implement pricing policies and enforcement provision, were introduced last March and hearings were held before the NYC Council Health Committee last May. If passed, these provisions would mark the passage of the most comprehensive set of point of sale regulations in the nation.  For more on the NYC POS Legislation check out Counter Tobacco’s Feature Story.

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