Archives for: December 11th, 2017

Rensselaer County proposes local law to raise minimum legal age for tobacco sales to 21

Written by Theresa Zubretsky on November 29, 2017

A law to raise the legal minimum age for the sale of all tobacco products to age 21 has been introduced in the Rensselaer County Legislature, a policy option that has demonstrated significant results in reducing youth smoking. The process is moving quickly and could come up for a vote as early as December 12, 2017.

If you would like to share your opinion on Tobacco 21, you can do so at the next Public Forum scheduled for Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 5:30 in the Legislative Chambers, 3rd Floor, 1600 Seventh Avenue in Troy. Or you can contact your legislator directly; a list of County Legislators along with contact information is available here.You can read the specific proposal being considered by the Rensselaer County Legislature and a Troy Record article about it.You can also learn more by accessing the Public Health and Tobacco Policy Center fact sheet here or by visiting 

NYS clears the air for New Yorkers to breathe free

Written by Theresa Zubretsky on October 24, 2017
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Yesterday, Governor Cuomo signed a bill making it unlawful to use electronic smoking devices in all locations where smoking is already prohibited by the Clean Indoor Air Act regulations. The new law will take effect in 30 days and is another step forward in protecting all New Yorkers from exposure to harmful emissions that result from smoking.

The U.S. Surgeon General has concluded that e-cigarette aerosol is not harmless, and can contain harmful and potentially harmful chemicals, including nicotine. Studies have found formaldehyde, benzene and tobacco-specific nitrosamines (all human carcinogens) in e-cigarette secondhand emissions.

Thank you to the New York State Legislature and Governor Cuomo for making New York State a healthier place to live, learn, work and play.

Read about it in the New York Times.
View the new bill provisions here.


October 10, City of Schenectady Public Hearing on Tobacco-Free Grounds

Written by Theresa Zubretsky on October 6, 2017


The City of Schenectady is inviting public comment to consider the adoption of a local law that prohibits the use of tobacco products on city property. Currently, more than 125 local municipalities in New York State have adopted a smoke- or tobacco-free policy for their properties, clearing the air for people to access public buildings without being exposed to secondhand smoke.

The public hearing is scheduled for 7:00 pm Tuesday, October 10 at City Hall, Room 209, 105 Jay Street, as part of the regularly scheduled City Council meeting. Arrive a few minutes early to sign up to speak.

The City of Schenectady currently prohibits tobacco use in city parks, a law that was passed in 2012. The proposed law would prohibit tobacco use, including electronic products, within 50 feet of city-owned buildings. You can read the specific provisions of the proposed law here.

If you’re unable to attend the public hearing on the 10th, you can share your opinion with City Council members by emailing the City Clerk, Chuck Thorne.

For more information on the benefits of tobacco-free worksites, visit the Tobacco-Free Worksites page of the CDTFC website.