Law : New York State Looking to Ban Flavors

There are currently two bills pending in the New York State Assembly (A 128) and Senate (S 1825) that would ban characterizing flavors in most tobacco product.

The bill feature language that would ban all “characterizing flavors” except for tobacco, mint, wintergreen and menthol. The term “characterizing flavor” is defined as a distinguishable taste or aroma.

Parallel bills pending in the New York State Assembly and Senate (A 128 and S 1825) would ban characterizing flavors in most tobacco products.

The bills if passed would ban the characterizing flavors in all tobacco products with the exception of pipe tobacco with a cut width of at least 20 cuts per inch and at least 15 moisture. Also, hand-made cigars with a wholesale price of at least $2.00 each would be exempt.

Manufacturers would face a penalty of up to $50,000 for violations.