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
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