Category: Blog

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.

Tobacco marketing concentrated in poorest Albany neighborhoods

By on February 13th, 2017


A new report released today highlights the striking disparities in tobacco use and marketing in low-income neighborhoods in the City of Albany. The report exposes tobacco marketing as a primary reason that low-income people smoke at higher rates and suffer more severe health consequences than their higher-income counterparts.  The findings from a series of community conversations held with Arbor Hill, South End, West Hill and Downtown Albany residents shows strong support for evidence-based strategies that would reduce tobacco marketing in low-income neighborhoods.

The release of the report follows on the heels of a nationally launched campaign from truth initiative calling attention to tobacco marketing disparities that result in disproportionate marketing to African Americans and low-income people, among others. The #STOPPROFILING Campaign exposes tobacco marketing as more than a public health issue. . .it’s a social justice issue.

Full Report: Addressing Tobacco Use Health Inequities in the City of Albany
Press Release, February 13, 2017 
truth campaign #STOPPROFILING

Live in the City of Albany? We’d like to hear from you.

By on October 19th, 2016


Some communities are harder hit by the impact of tobacco use and tobacco marketing than others. In the City of Albany, this is especially true for people living in the West Hill, Arbor Hill, South End and Downtown neighborhoods. If you live in one of these neighborhoods, we invite you to help us understand the impact of tobacco on you, your family and your community.

Join us for a small group neighborhood conversation.  As thanks for your participation, you will receive a $25 gift card to Price Chopper/Market 32.

For dates, times and locations and for information about how to reserve your seat today, check out the full flyer here.

Village of Menands Parks now Tobacco-Free!

By on August 16th, 2016


Last night, the Village of Menands Board voted unanimously to make all village parks tobacco-free. The new law prohibits the use of traditional tobacco products as well as e-cigarettes and other electronic nicotine delivery systems.

The policy statement introducing the new law summed up pretty well the benefits of tobacco-free shared public spaces:

“Tobacco-Free parks enhance visitors’ enjoyment of clean air, natural beauty and healthy activities, reduce tobacco related litter, communicate a positive message to the community that tobacco use is not compatible with active, healthy living and reduces maintenance and fire risks.”

Congratulations to the Village of Menands for putting community health first!