New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is the latest legislator to ban the sale of Palcohol — the controversial powdered alcohol product — and similar substances.
“This dangerous product is a public health disaster waiting to happen,” Cuomo said in a statement. “I am proud to sign this legislation that will keep powdered alcohol off the shelves and out of the wrong hands.”
Opponents of powdered alcohol have long pointed to the inherent dangers associated with the product, including the ease with which the product might be transported or concealed — a particular risk for underage drinkers.
In banning Palcohol, New York joins more than 20 other states that also outlawed the product, including Utah, Vermont, Iowa, Rhode Island, and Ohio.
Following Cuomo’s announcement, Pete Wells, the restaurant critic for The New York Times, expressed his disappointment on Twitter. Sadly, it appears to be too late to change Cuomo’s mind.
Wait I haven't tried it yet. https://t.co/vQsBjIOoG9
— Pete Wells (@pete_wells) August 14, 2015