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Gov. Cuomo Proposes To Raise Age of Tobacco Sales to 21

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Governor Cuomo announced last week a proposal to raise the legal age for buying tobacco and electronic cigarette products from 18 to 21.

His administration has already called for an end to the sale of tobacco and e-cigarette products in pharmacies, as well as a ban on the sale of certain flavored e-cigarette liquids.

Cuomo also announced proposals to expand the eligibility of 5 cent redemption to most non-alcoholic drink containers, including those for sports drinks, energy drinks, fruit and vegetable beverages and ready-to-drink teas and coffee.

The expansion will also include some exceptions for bottles containing dairy milk, milk substitutes, infant formula, syrups and flavorings, medical prescriptions and dietary supplements.

In addition, legislation will be proposed that would completely ban single-use plastic bags here in New York.

These proposals and more will be presented in Cuomo’s 2019 executive budget, which he will deliver at the State of the State address tomorrow at 2 p.m. (January 15).

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