New York State Senator Brad Hoylman

More than 40 statewide organizations call for immediate action on youth tobacco crisis, new urgency needed due to state Supreme Court ruling.
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Legislators and activists joined forces Monday at the state capitol in Albany to promote legislation that would ban the sale of all flavored tobacco products.

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Backers of a bill in the New York state legislature say the measles outbreak in Rockland County could give their legislation momentum. The bill would repeal exemptions from vaccination requirements for children due to religious beliefs. The renewed focus comes after the Rockland County executive declared a state of emergency Tuesday.