A proposal to ban the sale of flavored tobacco products that is moving through the Albany County Legislature got a significant amendment on Monday, as legislators approved an exemption to the ban for premium cigars, pipe tobacco and hookah.
Additionally, legislators scheduled a public hearing on the amended proposal for Sept. 24, the first step towards becoming law. A full vote by the legislature on the ban could come before the holiday season this year.
Legislator Paul Miller told WNYT.com that the changes came after hearing concerns from pipe smokers who feared the law’s passage would mean that they wouldn’t be able to get their preferred tobaccos any longer. The proposal remains focused on preventing the use of e-cigarettes and vaping devices primarily by young adults and youth.