Check out BuzzFeed to learn how tobacco companies spend billions (!!!) to put their products in front of your kids and then visit SeenEnoughTobacco.org 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Last night in an 8-4 vote, the Schenectady County Legislature voted to increase the minimum age for the legal sale of tobacco products to 21, following in the footsteps of more than 184 municipalities in ten states, including New York City, the New York State counties of Albany, Chautauqua, Cortland and Suffolk, and the states of Hawaii and California.
Thank you to the Schenectady County Legislature for voting “Yes” to a proven community health strategy that will reduce youth smoking.
Learn more about T-21 at tobacco21.org. And follow local coverage of Schenectady County here:
Congratulations to the following businesses and organizations that made their properties tobacco-free since the beginning of 2016. The Capital District community is a healthier place because of their efforts.
Delmar Family Medicine
Albany Public Library
Duanesburg Little League
Nassau Baseball Association
Planned Parenthood Mohawk Hudson