Albany County Executive to announce new public health legislation

SLINGERLANDS, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Albany County Executive Dan McCoy is set to announce new public health legislation on Friday.

McCoy and the county legislature have been working to pass a law that would ban the sale of tobacco products in county pharmacies. McCoy vetoed that law last year, saying it would be hard to enforce. The new law would require any retailer that sells tobacco products or e cigarettes to become licensed with the county.

In 2014, McCoy signed an Executive Order banning the use of e-cigarettes on county property, and the Albany County Department of Mental Health has partnered with other organizations to help clients quit smoking.The next initiative to be launched will ensure that young people are not exposed to tobacco products at retail stores.

The announcement will be held at the ShopRite on 41 Vista Blvd. in Slingerlands at 10 a.m.