NY State Senator’s Bill Would Outlaw Majority Of Cigarette Sales

Steve Burns
January 17, 2020 - 5:11 pm
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ALBANY (WCBS 880) — The vast majority of cigarette sales in New York State would be outlawed under a new bill that targets cigarette filters, or butts.

State Sen. Liz Krueger admits the legislation may be difficult to pass, but she at least wants to open up a conversation around cigarettes.

“People are under the illusion that using a cigarette with a filter makes the cigarette more safe for them,” she notes.

However, the research on that is mixed at best, according to WCBS 880’s Steve Burns.

She says it's likely healthier, and definitely better for the environment, to smoke unfiltered cigarettes.

“The butt is left – the filter part – and those tend to just get thrown in the streets and the gutters and the parks,” Krueger says.

The plastic breaks down harming animals and polluting the water supply, the state senator added.

Krueger understands the legislation is progressive and says she’s “sure there will be push back from the tobacco industry.”

Her bill would ban the sale of filtered cigarettes – which is the majority of cigarette sales – along with single use e-cigarettes, which she calls “another new gimmick from the tobacco industry.”