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During 10 year anniversary of smoking ban, lawmaker pushes new cigarette proposal

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ALBANY, N.Y. – Ten years have passed since the passage of the smoking ban inside of bars and restaurants in the state of New York, and now an Albany County lawmaker is also pushing a new proposal to ban the sale of cigarettes in pharmacies within the county.

Mayor Jennings, one of the speakers at the celebration, reminded people of what a controversial law it was to pass.

"It was very tense, even in the capital people were arguing for me, it was a no brainer," said Jennings.

On Wednesday, city leaders gathered at the Gateway Diner in Albany to celebrate a decade of clean air. Business owners say they have not felt the effects of the ban negatively, instead of some they've gained new customers.

Albany County Legislator Tim Nichols (D-latham)   marked the anniversary by urging passage of his proposal to ban tobacco sales in Albany County pharmacies.

"The reason we need these laws is because the tobacco industry is still out there looking for new ways to convince kids to start smoking," NIchols said, "We have to push back. And yes, we will continue to face the same old types of attacks from the tobacco industry and their allies. I can handle it."

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