New York Health Group Calls For Banning Tobacco Sales

Gothamist reports:

For years, New York City and state lawmakers have been working to make it harder and more expensive for residents to smoke. A public health group is now laying out an ambitious goal: Ending the sale of smokable tobacco products altogether.

The New York State Public Health Association is among 148 organizations worldwide that signed onto a statement released Monday calling for governments to “commit to work towards phasing out sales of combustible tobacco products.”

“It’s aspirational,” said Dr. Gus Birkhead, who serves as secretary of the New York State Public Health Association and worked in the state Health Department for 27 years. “Tobacco remains the leading cause of preventable death and premature disease in our population, despite years of trying to combat it.”

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