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New York Lawmakers Want to Outlaw Cigarette Butts

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A group of New York lawmakers introduced legislation Thursday that would outlaw cigarette filters, known colloquially as “butts,” along with single-use electronic cigarettes.

The Tobacco Product Waste Reduction Act would effectively ban the sale of filtered cigarettes as well as attachable single-use filters, and single use e-cigarettes, starting in 2022.

Single use e-cigs would also get the boot under the bill as the cartridges contain components such as lithium-ion batteries, as well as toxic chemicals and liquid nicotine that together qualify them as electronic, toxic, and hazardous waste.

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