senate Bill S385A
(D, WF) 28th Senate District
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed/Vetoed by Governor
Requires manufacturers of cigarettes sold or distributed in the state to disclose additives used in the manufacture of cigarettes and to identify those substances which have been determined to be toxic; provisions made for the health department to investigate the health risks associated with exposure to added constituents, toxic constituents and nicotine and shall develop standards to reduce risks; establishes civil penalty for violations; makes related provisions.
TITLE OF BILL:
to amend the public health law, in relation to requiring cigarette
manufacturers to disclose the
chemical substances used in the manufacture of cigarettes
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
To acknowledge the public's right to know the chemical substances used
in cigarettes and what toxic effects, if any, these additives have
been found to have.
To acknowledge the public's right to in cigarettes and what toxic
effects, found to have.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Any manufacturer of cigarettes or chewing tobacco sold within NYS must
provide the Commissioner of Health with an annual report stating the
complete and up-to-date list of added substances used in the
manufacture of such cigarettes.
The department shall investigate the health risks associated with
these added substances and shall develop standards for the
manufacturers to reduce risks from exposure to these additives. Any
information which will reduce risks to the public's health will be
Violations of this article may be punishable by a fine of up to
$10,000 for each violation.
The New York State "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
Constituents of tobacco smoke include over 4600 chemicals, most of
which we have little information about. Known carcinogens found in
tobacco smoke include: PAH, N-nitrosamines, arylamines, phenols,
hydrogen cyanide, acrolein and acetaldehyde. These chemicals, as well
as other substances added in the manufacture of cigarettes, must be
examined to determine their toxicity not only to smokers; but to
everyone who is exposed to second hand smoke.
This act shall take effect on the first of January next succeeding the
date on which it shall have become law.
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