Category: Blog

Albany County Strategic Alliance for Health Recognizes Local Tobacco-Free Champions

By on May 4th, 2014


SEFCU has done an extraordinary job of creating a workplace culture of health and wellness, including making their headquarters and branch offices tobacco-free!

From L to R: Sheree Hipwell, SEFCU; Amanda Russell, SEFCU; Barbara Hess, SEFCU Chief Administrative Officer; Theresa Zubretsky, CDTFC; Michelle Haney, SEFCU; and Suzanne Swan, Strategic Alliance for Health.

alb_pub_libWant to work in a healthy and supportive environment? Consider employment at the Albany Public Library! CDTFC joined the Albany County Strategic Alliance for Health in recognizing APL’s impressive workplace wellness initiatives. What an inspiring group! Congratulations!

From L to R: Melanie Metzger, Asst Director; Carol Nersinger, Director; Theresa Zubretsky, CDTFC; and Mary-Ellen Piche, VP Board of Trustees.

saint_roseThe College of St. Rose adopted a comprehensive tobacco-free policy to protect students, employees and visitors from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke. They did an awesome job with their policy development and implementation! See their Tobacco-Free Initiative page here!

From L to R: Judy Rightmyer, CDTFC; Dennis McDonald, VP for Student Affairs; Dr. Margaret Kirwin, Interim President for Academic Affairs; Sue Swan, Strategic Alliance for Health.

States Urge the Country’s Largest Retailers with Pharmacies to Stop Selling Tobacco Products 

By on April 21st, 2014


A group of attorneys general, led by Eric T. Schneiderman of New York and Mike DeWine of Ohio, urged five of the country’s largest retailers, Rite-Aid, Walgreen, Kroger, Safeway, and Walmart, to follow the lead of CVS Caremark and stop selling tobacco products in stores that have pharmacies.  Mr. Schneiderman said pharmacies and drugstores send a mixed message when they market themselves as a source for community health care and continue to sell deadly products. Read the letter here.


Kicking tobacco marketing to the curb!

By on March 25th, 2014


Area youth created a powerful visual display in partnership with Crossgates Mall on Kick Butts Day 2014 to bring attention to the impact of tobacco marketing on young people. With the help of community coalitions, youth groups and service organizations, we collected 245 shoes to represent the 245 young people under age 18 who become new daily smokers every week in NYS, and used those shoes to spell out “We’ve Seen Enough.” In partnership with Reality Check, we also hosted some fun activities and invited Capital Region residents to “Kick Tobacco Marketing to the Curb!” The event got lots of local media coverage including this Troy Record article.