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The raise the age law went into effect Wednesday. Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo says the goal is to prevent addictive cigarette and vaping products from getting to young people.
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Just as New York raised the minimum age to buy tobacco and electronic cigarettes to 21 from 18, a local Albany County law that would have banned flavored tobacco sales was defeated.

NYACS President Jim Calvin spoke Monday at Campus Mobil in Albany.
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With New York’s tobacco sales age raising from 18 to 21 this week, Albany County legislators are set to decide whether to prohibit the sale of most flavored tobacco products.

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The Albany County Legislature held a hearing and a procedural vote Monday on a controversial local law that would ban flavored tobacco products.

Flavored tobacco and e-cigarette products on the shelves of a Stewart's store in Latham.
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The Albany County Legislature is poised to vote on a law that would ban the sale of flavored vapor and smoke-free tobacco products.

NYACS President Jim Calvin in Latham.
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A proposed ban on retail sales of flavored tobacco and electronic cigarette products in Albany County is being challenged by convenience store owners.