Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Assemblywoman Linda B. Rosenthal, and Health Committee Chair Richard Gottfried today announced the passage of legislation (A.9044-B/Rosenthal) that protects the health of minors by prohibiting the sale of electronic cigarettes to those under 18.
“Much like prohibiting the sale of tobacco products to minors, this legislation would keep electronic cigarettes and their harmful effects away from our youth,” said Silver. “I laud this effort to safeguard the wellbeing of New York’s children and adolescents.”
Assemblywoman Linda B. Rosenthal, the bill’s sponsor, said of the measure, “Electronic cigarettes, which contain unidentified chemicals, indeterminate amounts of nicotine and flavorings that appeal to minors, have a negative impact on health, yet they are readily available for sale in stores and online. I am pleased to see the Assembly standing between our children and devices which have not been proven to be safe for use at any age.”
“Electronic cigarettes deliver nicotine – a powerful addictive chemical. Stores have no business selling nicotine delivery devices to minors,” said Gottfried. “This bill will protect New York’s young people.”