Tobacco-Free Worksites


 Make your Work Grounds Tobacco-Free

“We recognized that employees who used tobacco were absent more often, sick at work more often and took more frequent breaks. That wasn’t fair to non-smoking employees and it was affecting our productivity and bottom line.”

  Maria Dunning, Vice President,
    Keeler Motor Car Company

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How Capital District Tobacco-Free Communities can help

Capital District Tobacco-Free Communities is available to help you every step of the way by providing:

      • Telephone, email or in-person technical assistance, including presentations or information sessions
      • Sample policies, sample employee outreach materials, FAQs, and timelines
      • Help in planning a policy kick-off event
      • Assistance identifying and accessing local cessation services for your employees
      • No-cost tobacco-free signage for your property

For more information or assistance, contact Theresa Zubretsky 459-2388 x 229 or use our online contact form.

What everyone should know about Tobacco-Free Grounds

  • More than 79% of Capital District region residents believe that areas around building entry ways should be tobacco-free—including more than half of all current smokers.
  • Tobacco-free grounds reduce loitering, cigarette litter and fire hazards.
  • Tobacco-free grounds prevent secondhand smoke from entering buildings and endangering employees’ health.
  • Clients and visitors notice and appreciate the improvements of a tobacco-free environment.
  • Frequently asked questions about tobacco-free worksites.

Who has established tobacco-free grounds and entryways?

Across the state, community partners have worked with nearly 500 organizations and businesses to go tobacco-free, including many here in the Capital District. In addition, many Capital District businesses and organizations have instituted tobacco-free grounds policies on their own. Among those locally that are currently tobacco-free:

Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Albany County Buildings
Albany Law School
Albany Public Libraries
Atlas Copco
Baptist Health
Bethesda House
Bishop Broderick Apartments
BlueShield of NENY
Boys & Girls Clubs of Schenectady
Capital City Rescue Mission
Capital District Transportation Authority
Capital Green Apartments
Capital Roots
City of Schenectady
College of St. Rose
Conditioned Air Products
Cornell Cooperative Ext. of Schenectady
Crossgates Mall
Delmar Family Medicine
Duanesburg Little League
Emmanuel Friedens Church
Equinox Outpatient Mental Health ClinicGeneral Electric Company
Girl Scouts of Northeastern NY
Guilderland Public Library
Health Association of New York State
Hometown Health
Hudson Valley Community College
Keeler Motor Car Co.
Klein Steel
Lia Honda
Maria College
Marie Rose Manor
Marra’s Pharmacy
Mohawk Valley Library System/Rotterdam branch
Nassau Baseball Association
Ned Pattison Goverment CenterNoble Gas Solutions
Northeast Career Planning
Northside Little League
NY Oncology & Hematology Associates
Parsons Child & Family Center
Planned Parenthood Mohawk Hudson
Rensselaer County Health Dept.Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rensselaerville Library
Roots & Wisdom
Rosetti Commercial Properties
Rudy A. Ciccotti Family Recreation
Schenectady ARC
Schenectady County Community College
Schenectady Head StartSEFCU
Siena College
Storeaway Self-Storage
Towers of Colonie
Towne Towers
Tri-City BMX
Troy Public Library
Twin Town Little LeagueUnion College
Union Graduate College
Unity House – The Front Door
Whitney M. Young Jr., Health Services