About Us

Promoting tobacco-free communites
preventing youth smoking, and
improving the health of the entire Capital Region

Community Action is Working!


In New York State:

  • Between 2000 to 2016, the High School youth cigarette smoking rate decreased by 84% to an all-time low of 4.3% .
  • Between 2000 to 2014, the Middle School youth smoking rate decreased by 88% to 1.2%.
  • Between 2000 to 2015, the adult smoking rate decreased by nearly 30% to 15.2% .

BUT. . .The tobacco industry still spends more than a half million dollars per day to market their deadly products in New York State.

AS A RESULT. . . Youth use of  other tobacco products (including cigars, cigarillos, hookah and smokeless tobacco) is 10.6%, more than twice the rate cigarette smoking; their use of electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS, which includes e-cigarettes and vape pens) doubled between 2014 and 2016 from 10.5% to 20.6%, making ENDS the most commonly used tobacco products by youth.

AND. . .The rate of adult smoking among  those with household incomes below $25,000 is 22%; 22% among those with less than a high school degree; and 28% among those with poor mental health. More than 90% of all adult smokers started smoking before the age of 18.

To prevent youth smoking
and promote healthy communities,
we need your help.

Who We Are

Capital District Tobacco-Free Communities (CDTFC) is a non-profit partnership of people and organizations from Albany, Rensselaer and Schenectady counties; a Community Partner of the New York State Tobacco Control Program, funded by a grant from the New York State Department of Health.

Our Mission

Reducing adolescent and adult use of tobacco through cooperative programs in prevention, cessation, advocacy, and community education. Since 1993 CDTFC has been working in the community to meet these goals:

1. Eliminate exposure to second hand smoke.
2. Decrease the social acceptability of tobacco use.
3. Promote cessation of tobacco use.
4. Prevent the initiation of tobacco use among youth and young adults.


CDTFC is continually expanding its membership to best represent the broad interests of a variety of community stakeholders. If you are interested in being part of our efforts, please contact us:

24 Aviation Rd, Suite 204, Albany NY 12205
Phone: 518.459. 2388
Fax: 518.459.2633
Contact us through our online form

Directions To Our Office:

From the North: I-87 South. Take Exit 4 toward RT-155 W/Albany Airport Turn Left onto Wolf Rd/NY-155/CR-153. Turn Left onto Albany Shaker Rd/CR-151. Turn Right onto Wolf Rd. Turn Left onto Computer Dr. E Turn Left onto Aviation Rd. 24 Aviation Rd on Right

From the South: I-87 North. Take the Rt-5 E/Wolf Rd. exit, exit 2E, toward Albany. Keep Left at the fork in the ramp. Merge onto Wolf Rd Turn Right onto Computer Dr. E Turn Left onto Aviation Rd. 24 Aviation Rd on Right