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Nisky S.A.P.E. Celebrates World No Tobacco Day

By on June 2nd, 2014


Niskayuna S.A.P.E (Students Advocating for a Positive Environment) brought attention to Big Tobacco’s deceptive marketing practices by celebrating World No Tobacco Day. In collaboration with Capital Region Reality Check, students got busy “Chalking the Walk” with tobacco-free messaging. Students wrote facts about tobacco and tobacco marketing on the sidewalk outside of their new cafeteria during lunch time to educate students and staff. Students also gave away information and RC swag prizes. Awesome event! If you missed it, you can read all about it in the Times Union.



Have YOU seen enough tobacco marketing to kids?

By on May 14th, 2014


If you support protecting kids from tobacco marketing in stores and pharmacies, join the growing number of Capital District residents in our #WeveSeenEnough gallery! It’s easy! 

Just take a photo of yourself, your family or a group you belong to holding a sign that says “#WeveSeenEnough” (or your own personal message) and either e-mail it to or post it to your favorite social media site with the hash tag #WeveSeenEnough. Be sure to include your first name and city so we can share it with your community leaders and decision-makers. Oh, and don’t forget to smile!

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.