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Tobacco-free pharmacies becomes law in Albany County

By on June 18th, 2018

It’s official! A local law passed by the Albany County Legislature in May to end the sale of tobacco in pharmacies and stores that contain a pharmacy was signed by Albany County Executive Dan McCoy late last week and will become law in 90 days.

Implementation of this new law will decrease the number of tobacco retailers in Albany County by 10%, eliminate the mixed messages to consumers about the dangers of tobacco products, and make it easier for smokers to quit and for pharmacists to promote health. Thank you, Albany County, for putting health first.

Read more in the Times Union or on WRGB.

Albany County Legislature says “YES!” to tobacco-free pharmacies

By on May 16th, 2018

On Monday evening in a 26-11 vote, the Albany County Legislature passed a local law prohibiting pharmacies and stores containing pharmacies to sell tobacco products, including electronic smoking devices. Ending the sale of tobacco in pharmacies is one of the ways in which communities have acted to help reinforce the message that tobacco and health don’t mix.

Join us in saying “Thank You” to the Albany County Legislature. Visit the Albany County Legislature website for contact information or visit the Albany County Board of Elections website.

The measure will now go to the desk of County Executive Dan McCoy who has 30 days to sign, veto or do nothing in which case it will become law at the end of the 30 days. The County Executive’s Office will schedule their own public hearing and we’ll provide details when they become available.

View local coverage at WRGB, Times Union, WAMC.

Albany County to vote May 14 on ending sale of tobacco in pharmacies

By on May 7th, 2018

The Albany County Legislature will be voting on Monday, May 14, on a local law that would end the sale of tobacco in pharmacies and in stores that contain a pharmacy.

If you live in Albany County, let your legislator know what YOU think.

Local legislators are eager to hear from their constituents on issues that are important to them. If you live in Albany County, contact your local legislator with your view on this issue. Visit the Albany County Legislature website for contact information. If you’re not sure who your local legislator is, you can find out here.

You can also share your views during the public comment period which begins at 6:30 pm in the Legislative Chambers of the County Courthouse followed by the meeting at 7:00 pm.

For more information about tobacco-free pharmacies, visit the Tobacco-Free Pharmacies page of our website.

Albany County March 27 Public Hearing

By on March 27th, 2018

A public hearing will be held tonight on a local law being considered by the Albany County Legislature to end the sale of tobacco products from all pharmacies and stores containing a pharmacy. Local Law A for 2018 would better support pharmacists’ role as primary health care providers and make it easier for smokers to quit. 

The hearing will be held this evening, March 27 @ 7pm, 2nd Floor of the Albany County Courthouse on Eagle Street. If you live in Albany County, come out and share your views or you can contact your legislator directly. 

For more information, visit CounterTobacco.org.

Find out what’s been happening in YOUR neighborhood

By on March 13th, 2018

Read all about it in CDTFC’s just-released Winter 2018 Tobacco-Free Update. Albany County considers ending the sale of tobacco in pharmacies, Colonie Senior Services makes nearly 400 housing units smoke-free, the City of Shenectady makes their property tobacco-free, efforts intensify to rate movies containing smoking “R”. . .and more!

Rensselaer Co. Public Forum on March 7 offers opportunity to weigh in on T21

By on March 5th, 2018

A law to raise the legal minimum age for the sale of all tobacco products to age 21 was introduced in the Rensselaer County Legislature in January and may be subject to a vote as early as their March 13th meeting. Tobacco 21 is a policy option that has demonstrated significant results in reducing youth smoking and has already been adopted by both Albany and Schenectady counties.

If you would like to share your opinion on Tobacco 21, you can do so at the next Public Forum scheduled for Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 6:00 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 here.

For more information about T21, you can view testimony submitted to the Rensselaer County Legislature by the Public Health and Tobacco Policy Center here and a Letter to the Editor of the Troy Record from Samaritan and St. Mary’s Hospital CEO Norm Dascher here.

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 www.Tobacco21.org

NYS clears the air for New Yorkers to breathe free

By on October 24th, 2017

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.