Albany County proposes tobacco-free pharmacies
A local law has been introduced to the Albany County Legislature to end the sale of tobacco products from all pharmacies and stores containing a pharmacy. Local Law A for 2018 would better support pharmacists' role as primary health care providers and make it easier for smokers to quit.
If you live in Albany County, share your views at a Public Hearing on Tobacco-Free Pharmacies on March 27 @ 7pm, 2nd Floor of the Albany County Courthouse on Eagle Street or you can contact your legislator directly.
For more information, visit CounterTobacco.org.
Rensselaer County rejects
A local law to raise the legal minimum age for the sale of all tobacco products from 18 to 21 was introduced in Rensselaer County in Fall of 2017, a step already taken by Albany and Schenectady Counties. The local law was met with overwhelming community support from community organizations and schools, Samaritan and St. Mary's Hospitals, and local anti-drug coalitions including NØPIATES.
Despite the community support, on March 7, the Rensselaer County Health Committee voted to not move the proposal forward for the consideration of the full Legislature.