New York State will officially end the sale of flavored e-cigarettes, state-wide, as well as the sale of all tobacco products in pharmacies on May 18, 2020. The new laws were passed as part of the state’s fiscal year 2021 budget. New York will be the second state in the nation to restrict the sale of tobacco products in pharmacies.
“By passing these laws the New York State legislature has reduced the number of stores across Long Island that sell tobacco products and hindered the tobacco industries’ ability to utilize our retail environments to market their deadly products,” said PJ Tedeschi, LCSW, Director, Tobacco Action Coalition of LI. “Anything that we can do to reduce the social norm of tobacco use can save lives.”
Research shows that the flavors in e-cigarettes attract children and the nicotine addicts them. Nearly 40% of high school seniors in New York State use e-cigarettes, also referred to as “vaping,” and 27% of all high school youth vape. This new law ending the sale of flavored e-cigarettes in New York State will protect kids from a lifetime of nicotine addiction.
“For several years the Riverhead Community Coalition for Safe and Drug-Free Youth and Riverhead Youth Coalition have been working with its collaborative partners to prevent and reduce youth access to vape products. Although tobacco use is on the decline among youth, we have seen a tremendous increase in the number of youth who report that they are using vape products,” said Kelly Miloski, MPH, Community Prevention Specialist, Riverhead Community Awareness Program, Inc. “Candy-like products appeal to youth because the flavors mask the harsh taste of the chemicals contained in these products. By masking this taste, it makes it easier for youth to get hooked on nicotine. Restricting flavors and decreasing access to vape products is another step closer to preventing future generations from becoming addicted to these deadly products and improving the health and well-being of our communities.”
Selling tobacco products in pharmacies has long sent a contradictory message to consumers by offering tobacco alongside medicine or products for illnesses either caused by or made worse by smoking. That ends now in New York State. It also reduces the number of stores that sell tobacco products in every community, an effective way of supporting tobacco users who want to quit and reducing youth exposure to tobacco marketing. There is overwhelming evidence that the more young people see tobacco, the more likely they are to start smoking.
“Restricting the sale of flavored tobacco products to youth is vital in reducing substance abuse among our adolescents. Making tobacco and other substances more attractive to youth promotes their use. COMPASS Unity is pleased to support efforts that assist our youth to stay healthy and remain substance-free,” said Lynette Murphy, LMSW, COMPASS Unity Project Coordinator.
Tobacco Free New York State and Reality Check student groups around the state have worked tirelessly to educate local communities about the need to protect children from the billions of dollars of tobacco marketing in places where kids can see it. The statewide “Seen Enough Tobacco” initiative is focused on putting an end to youth smoking and other tobacco use. The average age of a new smoker in New York is 13 years old, and 90% of adult smokers say they first tried smoking by age 18. Tobacco Free New York State, including the Reality Check student youth groups, is part of the NYS Tobacco Control Program.
Support available for youth and adults who want to quit
Patricia Folan, RN, DNP, CTTS, Director of Northwell Health’s Center for Tobacco Control said, “As these new laws go into effect, it is important to remember that for all those who want to quit smoking or vaping, safe and effective medications as well as counseling are available. These resources are covered by Medicaid and most insurance programs.” For help quitting smoking or vaping, including free nicotine replacement therapy for eligible residents, individuals can contact a health care provider, call the New York State Smokers’ Quitline at 1-866-NY-QUITS or visit www.nysmokefree.com.
“Smoking kills more than 28,000 New Yorkers per year and costs the state $10 billion annually. Additionally, the use of e-cigarettes by our youth is an epidemic that demands bold action,” said Michael Seilback, National Assistant Vice President of State Public Policy for American Lung Association. “This is a positive step for public health in New York and we look forward to continuing our work with the state to reduce the consumption and availability of all tobacco products in our local communities.”
New York State Ends the Use of Tobacco Coupons, Multi-Pack Discounts To Protect Kids
Discounts on the sale of all tobacco products, such as coupons and multi-pack price promotions, are prohibited in New York State beginning July 1. The law was passed as part of the state’s fiscal year 2021 budget.
The Surgeon General has called raising prices on cigarettes “one of the most effective tobacco control interventions” because increasing price is proven to reduce smoking, especially among kids.1 By prohibiting discounts, this new law limits the tobacco industry’s ability to evade New York State’s high taxes on tobacco products, which earned the state a B grade in the American Lung Association’s “State of Tobacco Control” Report 2020. The elimination of tobacco discounts is a significant victory in combating Big Tobacco’s long history of predatory marketing and pricing schemes that target youth, minority communities, low-income communities and people trying to quit.2
Tobacco use remains the number one cause of preventable death and disease in the United States,” said Michael Seilback, the American Lung Association’s national assistant vice president for state public policy. “In New York State we can attribute 480,320 deaths to smoking annually – and the economic costs of smoking to New York State is $10.3 billion. We applaud Governor Cuomo and the state legislature for doing away with dangerous discounts that put money in the pockets of tobacco companies, while costing New Yorkers their lives.”
A number of tobacco control measures passed as part of the state’s fiscal year 2021 budget, including a new law that stops the shipping and/or delivery of e-cigarettes and vape products to private residences beginning July 1, providing another important protection for youth. Earlier this year on May 18, the state ended the sale of all tobacco products in pharmacies as well as the sale of flavored e-cigarettes statewide. The average age that teens first start smoking in New York State is 13 years old,3 and 90% of adult smokers first tried smoking by age 18.4 According to the New York State Youth Tobacco Survey, nearly 40% of high school seniors in New York State use e-cigarettes, and 27% of all high school youth vape.5
“Over the past few years, I’ve listened to many parents across communities express their ongoing serious concerns with the epidemic of youth nicotine addiction. Prohibiting the use of coupons and multi-pack discounts, in addition to the other recent laws that limit youth access to flavored e-liquids is a huge step in addressing this issue and creating a tobacco-free norm,” said Paulette Orlando, community engagement specialist at Tobacco Action Coalition of Long Island.
Support available for New Yorkers who want to quit
For help quitting smoking or vaping, including free nicotine replacement therapy for eligible residents, individuals can contact a health care provider, and call the New York State Smokers’ Quitline at 1-866-NY-QUITS or visit nysmokefree.com. Effective medications and counseling are covered by Medicaid and most insurance programs.
Tobacco Free New York State and Reality Check student groups around the state have worked tirelessly to educate local communities about the need to protect children from the billions of dollars of tobacco marketing in places where kids can see it. The statewide “Seen Enough Tobacco” initiative is focused on putting an end to youth smoking and other tobacco use. Tobacco Free New York State, including the Reality Check student youth groups, is part of the NYS Tobacco Control Program.
American Lung Association Launches INDEPTH & N-O-T Facilitator Training Programs
The American Lung Association is pleased to announce the launch of their highly anticipated revised N-O-T® Not on Tobacco youth tobacco cessation and INDEPTH® alternative to suspension programs and facilitator training courses.
For over 20 years, Not on Tobacco has been the premier youth tobacco cessation program. N-O-T is an evidence-based program with an impressive success rate, with approximately 90 percent of teens who participate in the program cutting back or quitting tobacco all together. Post-program, youth also have been shown to have better grades, higher motivation, fewer absences, better relationships with teachers and fewer school tobacco use policy violations.
The updated 2020 N-O-T revision goes beyond cigarette smoking to include all tobacco products, with an increased focus on nicotine dependence, e-cigarettes, and multiple tobacco product use.
Along with N-O-T, our previously offered “Alternative to Suspension” program has been updated and renamed INDEPTH®, Intervention for Nicotine Dependence: Education, Prevention, Tobacco and Health. INDEPTH is offered as an option to students who face suspension for violation of school tobacco use policies.
While INDEPTH is not a cessation program, steps toward cessation are strongly encouraged. The program is geared towards youth and focuses on tobacco use, nicotine dependence, establishing healthy alternatives and making the change to be free of all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, through discussion and activities.
Facilitators can take the on-line, on-demand training on our new e-learning platform at their own pace.
INDEPTH Facilitator Training Course is free, includes three-year certification, school policy guidance and downloadable curriculum and materials
N-O-T Facilitator Training Course is $400 per facilitator, includes three-year certification and INDEPTH Facilitator training also.
These programs support comprehensive tobacco control policies in school or community settings and support the American Lung Association’s measures to eliminate tobacco use by youth and to reduce the youth e-cigarette prevalence rate to 15% by 2025.