Sale of flavored e-cigarettes statewide and all tobacco sales at pharmacies end May 18 in New York State

OGDENSBURG, NY – The sale of flavored e-cigarettes ends in New York State on May 18, as does the sale of all tobacco products in pharmacies. These are huge steps forward in helping New Yorkers live free from nicotine addiction.

The new laws were passed as part of the state’s fiscal year 2021 budget. New York becomes the second state in the nation to restrict the sale of tobacco products in pharmacies.

“These laws are making headway to only continue to protect to the youth of our future generations. We are excited to see the positive outlooks these laws will have on our communities,” said Hannah Leeder, Community Engagement Coordinator, Seaway Valley Prevention Council.

Research shows that the flavors in e-cigarettes attract kids and the nicotine addicts them.

1 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.

2 This new law ending the sale of flavored e-cigarettes in New York State will protect kids from a lifetime of nicotine addiction. 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.

3 “These laws will help my peers and I to be more informed while trying to make smart decisions,” Kristina Donders, Reality Check Youth, Sacketts Harbor Central School.

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, call the New York State Smokers’
Quitline at 1-866-NY-QUITS or visit

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. The average age of a new smoker in New York is 13 years old, 4 and 90% of adult smokers say they first tried smoking by age 18. 5 Tobacco Free New York State, including the Reality Check student youth groups, is part of the NYS Tobacco Control Program.