It’s Not Just Menthol Campaign

Our latest media campaign is focusing on the disproportionate impact of menthol-flavored tobacco products among certain groups.




Throughout New York State and across the country, apartment owners have begun to embrace
a no-smoking policy as an amenity they can provide for their residents.


As of May 2017, more than 500 New York municipalities have adopted tobacco-free
outdoor area policies (20 in the Capital District) and the list is growing.


Tobacco companies spend more than $9.5 billion on retail marketing and promotion every
year, more than the amount spent to market junk food, soda, and alcohol combined.


Our youth-adult partnerships have accomplished amazing things in the Capital Region,
including tobacco-free parks and a local law to keep tobacco retailers away from schools.


Across the state, community partners have worked with nearly 500 organizations and
businesses to go tobacco-free, including many here in the Capital District.


Take a visual tour of the local tobacco marketing landscape

Take a visual tour of the local tobacco marketing landscape

Tobacco ads and displays are so ubiquitous, most non-smoking adults don’t even notice them. But once you DO notice, you’ll wonder how you could possibly have missed them. Noticing how pervasive and aggressive tobacco marketing is also makes it easier to understand why it has such a profound impact on adult and youth tobacco use. That’s why we chose to summarize the findings from our most recent round of Licensed Tobacco Retailer store observations into a visual tour of what tobacco marketing and promotion actually looks like in the City of Albany’s highest poverty neighborhoods. These neighborhoods have a disproportionate number of tobacco retailers as compared to lower poverty neighborhoods and that means there is also a disproportionate presence of tobacco marketing and promotion. In addition to tobacco product displays that typically...

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New York Celebrates 20th Anniversary of the Clean Indoor Air Act

New York Celebrates 20th Anniversary of the Clean Indoor Air Act

Gen Z’ers have never known the ritual of renting a movie at Blockbuster, burning a CD or having to develop film before you can view a photo. Such is the power of technological progress. New York State Gen Z’ers have also never known the ritual of being asked “Smoking or non-smoking?” upon entering enter a restaurant, nor have they worked a part-time or summer job in a smoke-filled environment. Such is the power of tobacco-control progress. July 24, 2023, marked the 20th anniversary of New York state’s Clean Indoor Air Act (CIAA), a law that transformed nearly all indoor workplaces, including bars and restaurants, into smoke-free environments and provided protection for all workers from the health consequences associated with secondhand smoke exposure. Improved health for hospitality workers was immediate, with particularly notable...

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Community Spotlight Video: Rivquah

Community Spotlight Video: Rivquah

As part of our local education efforts, we’re pleased to release a video testimonial from Rivquah Caldwell, a Schenectady resident who experienced firsthand the suffering and harms caused by tobacco use as one of several members of her family who all smoked menthol cigarettes. Her voice, and that of others like her, need to be heard. Please watch, listen and share.

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