The year 2020 will long be remembered as the year of the global pandemic that took an unprecedented toll on community members’ financial stability, health, and well-being. The loss of lives and livelihoods will surely be felt for many years to come. But even in the midst of what is arguably the biggest public health crisis of our lifetimes, we can pause and find reasons to be thankful because the year 2020has also delivered some significant public health gains in tobacco control, gains that will improve the health of all Capital District residents.
Top Ten Public Health Successes For Which We Are Thankful
An end to the sale of flavored e-cigarettes, including menthol, in New York State.
Ending online delivery of e-cigarettes to private homes in New York State.
No more displays of tobacco products and tobacco product advertising near schools in New York State.
No sales of vape products within 1000 feet of schools in Bethlehem, and the establishment of a local licensing system to decrease the total number of stores that can sell tobacco.
All City of Rensselaer property is tobacco-and vape-free.
Town of Niskayuna parks are tobacco-and vape-free.
The Independent Living Center of the Hudson Valley strengthened their capacity to address tobacco use among people