Category: E-cig

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

Forum 13: Vaping Dangers Segment

By on October 10th, 2019


In case you missed it- CDTFC’s Community Engagement Coordinator, Theresa Zubretsky, joined Dr. Nathan Graber, pediatrician at St. Peter’s Pediatrics and WNYT NewsChannel 13’s Asa Stackel to discuss vaping dangers.

Watch the entire Forum 13 interview, which aired on October 6, 2019, here or below: VAPING DANGERS |

Gov. Cuomo moves to ban the sale of menthol flavored e-cigs

By on September 26th, 2019

Governor Andrew Cuomo has accepted New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker’s recommendation to include menthol in the ban of selling flavored e-cigarettes and nicotine e-liquids. This comes after the state banned the sale of e-cigs and nicotine e-liquids on Sept. 17, 2019.

Currently, 63% of young people are using menthol e-cigs. Including menthol in the the ban will combat its rising use by young people.

For more information on the recommendation, click here






Commentary: E-cigs aren’t as safe as industry wants you to think – Times Union

By on May 7th, 2019

Commentary: E-cigs aren’t as safe as industry wants you to think – Times Union.

Letter: New tobacco policies will protect youth – Times Union

By on April 9th, 2019

Letter: New tobacco policies will protect youth – Times Union.

County Executive McCoy bans nicotine products from being sold in Albany County Pharmacies

By on June 18th, 2018

County Executive McCoy bans nicotine products from being sold in Albany County Pharmacies | WRGB.