New York City and State officials frequently introduce policies and legislation to help protect New Yorkers from secondhand smoke and to help New Yorkers quit smoking. See below a list of some of the proposed legislation currently pending in New York City and New York State.
Pending New York City Legislation
A proposal to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to the regulation of electronic cigarettes.
Pending New York State Legislation
A proposal that would prohibit smoking in private passenger vehicles where a child under the age of fourteen is present. Sponsored by Assembly Member Weprin and State Senator Stavisky, both Queens Democrats.
Following the lead of Intro 0250 in the New York City Council, this proposal sponsored by State Senator Diane Savino (D-Staten Island) and Assembly Member Rosenthal (D-Manhattan) would make the minimum purchase age for tobacco products 21 statewide in New York.
Requires owners of multiple dwelling properties--in buildings with more than three units---in New York State to implement and distribute smoking policies to current and prospective tenants and incorporate the policy into all leases and contracts for sale. Building owners not in compliance will receive a warning and thirty day grace period, after which they may be subject to a $500 fine.
For a complete list of tobacco control-related legislation that has been introduced in the New York State Senate, visit the State Senate's website.