Category: Blog

CDTFC on Town of Bethlehem Passing New Tobacco Retailer Licensing Law

By on June 24th, 2020

Capital District Tobacco-Free Communities and Town of Bethlehem residents applaud the Bethlehem Town Board for passing today new measures to protect its residents, especially children and young people, from the impact of tobacco marketing. The new law will require a local license for retailers to sell tobacco and vape products and will gradually decrease the number of licenses available. In addition, tobacco retailers located within 1000 feet of schools will no longer be allowed to sell vape products.

The law comes after the Town undertook an extensive review of policy options after a vape shop applied to locate directly in front of Elsmere Elementary School in 2019. The Town solicited written comments on the proposed law and held public hearings virtually on May 27 and June 10.  About a dozen residents submitted comments and all expressed support for the proposal, many citing the desire to address the youth vaping epidemic and to create a healthier environment for their children.

For more information, click here.




Black Lives Matter

By on June 8th, 2020

The effects of racism, high prevalence of health disparities, and systemic oppression that have deeply affected black communities and other communities of color are issues of great concern to CDTFC. The recent deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery have intensified scrutiny not only of law enforcement, but of all institutional racism as reflected in disparities related to wealth, income, criminal justice, employment, housing, political power, education and health care.

Racism has no place in a just society. Everyone deserves the right to live and thrive in environments that are safe, stable and healthy. We stand committed to support reforms that address institutionalized racism and advance our organization’s mission to eliminate health disparities. #EndDisparities #HealthEquity

World No Tobacco Day #TobaccoExposed

By on May 28th, 2020

For decades, the tobacco industry has deliberately employed strategic, aggressive and well-funded tactics to attract youth to tobacco and nicotine products. Internal industry documents reveal in-depth research and calculated approaches designed to attract a new generation of tobacco users to replace the millions of people who die each year from tobacco-attributable diseases with new consumers. In New York State, this “new generation” includes 10,600 new smokers under the age of 18 every year.

The World Health Organization (WHO) brings attention to the ways in which the tobacco industry grows its user base across the globe. This video is a compelling look at what communities are up against as we work to promote tobacco-free living. The more you know about Big Tobacco’s dirty tricks, the more you know about how to stop them in their tracks.

Tobacco Control Measures in State Budget

By on April 3rd, 2020

New York State lawmakers have passed the 2020-21 state budget. In this budget are several tobacco control measures that will go into effect this summer, making our communities a healthier place to live, work, learn and play.

As of May 18, the sale of all flavored e-cigarettes (except tobacco flavor) will be prohibited unless and until a particular product receives market authorization by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  Also, tobacco sales in all pharmacies and stores that contain a pharmacy will end.

As of July 1, several other tobacco control measures will go into effect:

  • Prohibits price discounts and coupons for tobacco products
  • Ends online sales of vapor products delivered to private residences
  • Ends tobacco ads and product displays near schools
  • Increases penalties for tobacco retailers selling to underage purchasers.

New York is the second state in the nation to prohibit pharmacies from selling tobacco products (Massachusetts) and is also the second state in the nation to prohibit coupons and other price promotions for tobacco and e-cigarette products (New Jersey).

Working Remotely

By on March 24th, 2020

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we at Capital District Tobacco-Free Communities are following public health guidance and are working remotely for the foreseeable future. If you need to contact CDTFC, please either email us by using the contact form here  or through our Facebook and Twitter handles.  Stay healthy and well.

Spectrum News: Anti-Tobacco Advocates Want to Keep E-Cigs From the Youth

By on December 13th, 2019

Theresa Zubretsky, Community Engagement Coordinator here at Capital District Tobacco-Free Communities, was interviewed by Spectrum News earlier this week.  She discussed the ongoing process of trying to keep e-cigarettes away from youth. Here’s an excerpt from the interview.

“One of the things we’ve learned in tobacco control is if you want to reduce youth uptake, you want to reduce the affordability of these products for young people, the accessibility of these products for young people, and their appeal,” Zubretsky said.

To read the entire story, click here.

The Great American Smokeout 2019

By on November 25th, 2019

On Thursday Nov. 21, 2019 and Friday Nov. 22, 2019, CDTFC partnered with SADD Clubs at Columbia High School and Goff Middle School for this year’s  Great American Smokeout. Historically, the event encourages people to quit smoking for a day. This year, we encouraged students to go tobacco and e-cigarette free.  Thank you to Alyssa Evans and her SADD club students for partnering with us! Check out some photos from the events below.



Albany County Legislature Defeats Local Law “E”

By on November 13th, 2019

Despite a vote of 18 in favor and 17 opposed (1 abstention), Albany County’s proposed law to restrict the sale of all flavored tobacco products did not pass at last night’s meeting of the Legislature. Three legislators were not present for the vote. Thanks to all who contributed to the local effort to educate legislators about the problem of youth tobacco use and the youth vaping epidemic. We will continue to provide decision-makers and their constituents with accurate and up-to-date information and to promote solutions that reduce youth appeal, accessibility and affordability of all tobacco products.

Albany County Legislature vote on restricting the sale of flavored tobacco products

By on November 12th, 2019

Well the weather might be a bit frightful. But hot cocoa is always delightful. Come share the message that #FlavorsHookKids. We know you’ll be glad that you did.

We get it, its cold out, and we want to make sure you are comfy and warm during tonight’s Albany County Legislature​ Vote on restricting the sale of tobacco products.

The rally begins at 5:30pm, Public Hearing starts at 6:30pm and the Vote will begin at 7:30pm at the Albany County Courthouse (Lodge St. Entrance). And yes, there will be hot cocoa. Contact us for more information.


Seen Enough Tobacco Day 2019

By on October 14th, 2019

On October 11, Capital District Tobacco-Free Communities held an event at Bethlehem Central Middle School to educate the students about the dangers of flavored tobacco products and tobacco marketing. This event was held in advance of “Seen Enough Tobacco Day” on Sunday, October 13. The day, supported by Tobacco-Free New York State and Reality Check of New York, highlights the need for communities to protect children from the billions of dollars of tobacco promotions in places where they and other youth can see and be influenced by them.

This event also raised awareness about the availability of tobacco products in candy, fruit and menthol flavors which has fueled youth use of all tobacco products, including cigarettes, little cigars, chew and e-cigarettes. CDTFC staff educated students on the harms of flavored tobacco and vape products, the proposed Local Law “E” to restrict the sale of ALL flavored tobacco products in Albany County and the many ways tobacco companies market their products to attract new users.

See WTEN News10 ABC’s report here: Capital District Tobacco-Free Communities visits Bethlehem Middle School