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

By on November 29th, 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

By on October 24th, 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

By on October 6th, 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 HallRoom 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.





UAlbany commits to go tobacco-free!

By on September 20th, 2017


Congratulations to UAlbany for being one of five NYS colleges to be awarded a  Tobacco-Free Generation Campus Initiative (TFGCI) grant to develop and implement a 100% smoke- and tobacco-free policy.  TFGCI is funded by CVS Health, in partnership with Truth Initiative and the American Cancer Society, to provide resources and technical assistance to 126 colleges across the country in their efforts to create healthier environments for their campus communities. 

UAlbany is the largest of the Capital District’s college communities employing more than 4,000 people and serving more than 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students on three separate campuses.

Go, Great Danes!

Read more about TFGCI and the NYS grantees here.
Learn more at New York State Tobacco-Free Colleges.

Guilderland Parks go tobacco-free!

By on August 17th, 2017


Congratulations to the Guilderland Town Board for voting unanimously Tuesday night to make all town-owned parks and open spaces tobacco-free! The new law prohibits the use of all tobacco products and electronic smoking devices in the parks at any time. Soon, all park visitors, both human and canine, will be able to breathe easier as they enjoy walking, playing, swimming, cross-country skiing, picnicking and all the other activities the town parks support.

Go here to read the detailed provisions of new law.

Read more in the Altamont Enterprise and the Times Union

BuzzFeed alert!

By on July 12th, 2017


Check out BuzzFeed  to learn how tobacco companies spend billions (!!!) to put their products in front of your kids and then visit to pledge your support for putting these promotions out of sight and out of mind.

And, of course, if you want to help us locally to end tobacco marketing to kids, join our email action team here and we’ll keep you in the loop.

Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Sr HS students highlight 146 reasons to end tobacco marketing to kids

By on June 1st, 2017


On World No Tobacco Day 2017, students from Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Senior High School called attention to the continuing problem of tobacco use among New York State youth and called for an end to tobacco marketing to kids.

Students placed 146 pinwheels on school grounds, one for every New York teenager who becomes a daily smoker each week in NYS.  A series of lawn signs explained why reducing tobacco marketing to kids is critical to prevent youth smoking.

More on Tobacco Marketing to Kids. View local media coverage: WRGB, WNYT






Albany County Parks go tobacco-free!

By on May 9th, 2017


Congratulations to the Albany County Legislature​ for voting unanimously last night to make county parks tobacco-free! The new law prohibits the use of all tobacco products and electronic smoking devices at Lawson Lake, Ann Lee Pond Nature and Historic Preserve and Albany County Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail. The law allows all visitors to these Albany County-owned recreation areas to play hard and breathe easier, including youth who participate in summer camps at Lawson Lake.

Thanks to Paul Miller, District 32, who introduced and championed this local law and to the thirty members of the Albany County Legislature that sponsored it.

Read the law here.
View local media coverage: Times UnionWNYT, and WRGB.

Rensselaer Housing Authority goes smoke-free!

By on April 3rd, 2017


As of April 1, 2017, the two apartment complexes operated by the Rensselaer Housing Authority became smoke-free. “We went smoke-free because we think our residents and our staff deserve to live and work in a healthy, smoke-free environment,” said Marianne Ogren, the authority’s executive director and a former longtime resident of authority housing. “We would have gone smoke-free whether or not HUD required it because it just makes sense. I raised my kids here, [and] I think every child and resident who calls RHA home should be able to breathe free and not endure exposure to harmful secondhand smoke.”

Read more in the Troy Record.

Tobacco use not an equal opportunity killer

By on February 20th, 2017


WAMC Northeast Public Radio interviews CDTFC’s Theresa Zubretsky, Neighborhood Conversation participant Mary Ann Hines and Albany Common Councilmember Dorcey Applyrs on the health consequences of aggressive tobacco marketing in low-income neighborhoods in the City of Albany.

Read and listen to the full WAMC story here.