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Cortland County Weighing Potential Of Stronger Anti-Tobacco Laws

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In light of a new statewide urgency around the dangers of vaping and liquid nicotine, some New York municipalities are strengthening their laws around conventional cigarette and tobacco use, as well.

Cortland County Legislators are now considering joining that group, as they review a proposal based on Erie County legislation that includes three new provisions.

First, it prohibits the marketing and sales of all tobacco products in pharmacies and any other facilities deemed ‘health care institutions.’

It also makes it illegal to smoke in any type of vehicle that has a child passenger inside, along with at or near a bus station.

Cortland County already made itself one of the first 150 American communities to ban the sale of tobacco and e-cigarettes to anyone under the age of 21, when it did so back in 2016.

The Health and Human Services Committee will consider these new changes at their next meeting on October 10.

If an official proposal is drafted, it could be introduced at the next full Legislative Session on Thursday (September 26).

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