New York Gov. Kathy Hochul’s proposal to prohibit the in-state sale of flavored tobacco products has reportedly drawn the ire of local and regional politicians — including those from her own party.
As part of her proposed budget for the coming fiscal year, Hochul, a Democrat, wants to ban all flavored tobacco products and increase the state’s cigarette tax from $4.35 to $5.35 per pack.
“It’s harsh legislation, it’s unjust,” said New York Assemblyman Nader Sayegh, D-Yonkers, according to the New York Post. “It’s not equitable to say: ‘Stop smoking hookah but you can go smoke pot.'”
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