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Flavored tobacco vote taking place Monday

July 07, 2019 10:47 AM

The Albany County Legislature will vote Monday on a proposed ban on flavored Tobacco. 

Supporters of the ban say most most young people who have used tobacco products started with flavored tobacco. 

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The Surgeon General of the United States Public Health Service has called vaping among youth an epidemic. In a report released it was stated in 2018, one in five high school students and one in 20 middle school students was vaping nicotine. 

Opponents say it will prevent people from kicking the smoking habit. They also are concerned with the impact may have on businesses. 

“Flavors are important because they help you disassociate from the actual act of smoking,” said Vice President of the New York State Vapor Association Andrew Osborne. “So a lot of people feel that a tobacco flavor sort of keeps you familiar with that deadly product because it's so similar.”

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