The 2013 results show 39 percent of students surveyed had at least one drink of alcohol in the last 30 days, down from 56 percent in 2001.
Advocates say the change is a way to levy penalties without consuming as much time in the municipal court system.
The Senate Health Committee panel heard testimony Monday from health experts who said that the nicotine liquid and the vapor e-cigarettes produce could be hazardous to both consumers and the public.
State Assemblywoman Valerie Huttle told WCBS 880’s Levon Putney beachgoers should not have to sit next to smokers when they return to the Jersey Shore this summer.
The bill, which was passed last month by the Suffolk County Legislature, also includes a ban on selling e-cigarettes to anyone under 21.
Last year, New York City became the first large city or state in the country to prohibit sales to young adults.
They have written to the chief executives of Wal-Mart, Walgreens, Rite-Aid, Safeway and Kroger, urging them to stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products.
As Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed a bill banning e-cigarette use indoors as one of the last pieces of legislation he approved, an opponent protested Bloomberg’s policies by lighting up a real cigarette right inside City Hall.
The New York City Council approved legislation Thursday to ban the use of electronic cigarettes from indoor public spaces where smoking is already prohibited.
Just days after Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed a bill banning the sale of tobacco products to anyone under age 21, a similar effort has launched in Suffolk County.
It’s the latest effort by Mayor Michael Bloomberg to target the cigarette industry. New York would become the first major city to raise the age for buying cigarettes.
Smoking is not allowed on Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North trains, and officials have decided electronic cigarettes are included in that ban.
Roughly one million people who had kicked the habit went back to smoking because of the stress of 9/11, according to a newly published report.
Revel emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last week. The move to allow smoking was part of the casino’s rebranding effort.
A new war on smokers was launched on Thursday. Not by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, but by the man who wants to replace him, Anthony Weiner.