About Us

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

Community Action is Working!


Between 2000 and 2014, in New York State:

  • The High School youth smoking rate decreased by 73% to an all-time low of 7.3%.
  • The Middle School youth smoking rate decreased by 88% to 1.2%.
  • The adult smoking rate decreased by 36% to 14.4%.

AND YET. . .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. . . Far too many of our youth still smoke and many more are vulnerable. In fact, 90% of all adult smokers started smoking before the age of 18. The rate of smoking among  those with household incomes below $25,000 is 24%; among those with less than a high school degree 28%; and those with poor mental health 34%.

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