NY Proposes Law to Ban Menthol Cigarettes


ALBANY, N.Y. (WENY) – Menthol cigarettes may soon be extinguished in New York.

According to the Ithaca Journal, the new law was introduced last week. If this legislation goes into effect, the sale of flavored tobacco products will be banned, including menthol cigarettes.

In other words, any product to be potentially banned are products that "have a distinguishable taste or aroma other than the taste or aroma of tobacco."

The federal government has limited the sale of all flavored cigarettes besides menthol, since 2009. This is in an effort to crack down on underage smoking. The so-called “menthol loophole” has allowed tobacco companies to continue to market flavored tobacco products for teenagers.

If the law passes when lawmakers head back to Albany in January, New York would be the first state to ban menthol cigarettes.

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