The cigarette tax in New York would increase by $1 and ban all flavored tobacco products would be in place under a proposal announced by Gov. Kathy Hochul in her State of the State address, Spectrum News reports.
The proposal is meant to create a “tobacco free generation” as fewer and fewer younger people use cigarettes, but health officials have cited a sharp rise in e-cigarette products among people under 21 years of age.
Hochul’s plan would increase the tax on cigarettes in New York from $4.35 to $5.35. At the same time, Hochul wants to further expand a ban on flavored vaping products by ending the sale of all flavored tobacco in New York. New York in recent years has sought to limit youth smoking. The minimum age to purchase tobacco products has been increased from 18 to 21, while e-cigarette regulations have also increased.