senate Bill S252

Requires cigarette manufacturers to disclose chemical additives and product design characteristics in cigarettes

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Bill Status


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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  • 07 / Jan / 2009
    • REFERRED TO HEALTH
  • 06 / Jan / 2010
    • REFERRED TO HEALTH

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Bill Details

Versions:
S252
Legislative Cycle:
2009-2010
Current Committee:
Senate Health
Law Section:
Public Health Law

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER: S252

TITLE OF BILL :
An act to amend the public health law, in relation to requiring
cigarette manufacturers to disclose the chemical substances and
product design characteristics used in the manufacture of cigarettes


PURPOSE :
To allow the public to know what chemical substances and product
design characteristics are used in the manufacturing of cigarettes

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS :
Section one provides the Legislative findings. Section two amends the
health law by adding a new section that provides that any manufacturer
of cigarettes, snuff or chewing tobacco sold with- in New York State
must provide the department of health with an annual report stating:
the identity of any added constituent other than tobacco or water;
nicotine yield ratings; the identity of toxic constituents; and the
description and purpose of each product design feature for cigarettes,
snuff, or chewing tobacco. The commissioner of health will prepare and
publish an annual report based on the information received by the
department. The report will contain nicotine yield ratings and other
information where the department determines there is a reasonable
scientific basis to conclude that such pose significant risks to
public health. The report will be made available to the public over
the internet. Constituents that the department determines not to be a
risk to public health will not be released in the report or for public
record. On and after January 1,2012 no manufacturer shall sell or
offer for sale cigarettes, snuff or chewing tobacco without having
provided to the department the required information. The attorney
general may file suit in NYS Supreme Court to compel compliance, and
the Court may issue a civil penalty of up to ten thousand dollars.

JUSTIFICATION :
The NYS "Right to Know" law was enacted in 1980 to insure that workers
would know of any potentially dangerous toxic substances which they
may encounter in the workplace. It has been, and continues to be, the
legislature's policy that New Yorkers have the right to know about
potentially harmful substances to which they may be exposed. However,
the public still does not know all of the ingredients added to
cigarettes, snuff or chewing tobacco. Constituents of tobacco smoke
include over 4600 chemicals, most of which we have little information.
Known carcinogens found in tobacco smoke include: P AH,
N-nitrosa-mines, arylamines, phenols, hydrogen cyanide, acrolein and
acetaldehyde.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY :
2007-2008 Referred to Health (S.4516-A/A.7101-A)

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS :

None to the state.

EFFECTIVE DATE :
On the first day of January following enactment.
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