It’s Not Just Menthol Campaign

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

BUILDING HEALTHIER COMMUNITIES

WHERE WE LIVE, LEARN, WORK & PLAY

SMOKE-FREE HOUSING

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.

TOBACCO-FREE OUTDOORS

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 MARKETING

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.

YOUTH ENGAGEMENT

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.

TOBACCO-FREE WORKSITES

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

WHAT’S NEW

Albany High photography students use art to spotlight impact of flavored vapes on youth

Albany High photography students use art to spotlight impact of flavored vapes on youth

Under the direction of teacher David Easton, Albany High School photography students were “hired” by CDTFC to design educational posters calling attention to young people’s use of flavored vapes and the need to bolster enforcement of NYS law prohibiting their continued sale. These three submissions were selected for their powerful imagery and adherence to the theme.

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New video spotlights impact of youth vaping on local schools

New video spotlights impact of youth vaping on local schools

Capital District Reality Check youth responded to the May 31 World No Tobacco Day call to action to “step in and speak out” about the predatory tactics of the tobacco industry with a newly released video.  RC member interviews with their high school teachers, school administrators and fellow students shed light on the problem of youth vaping and how disruptive it is to the school day and to the learning environment.

Even though NYS banned the sale of flavored vapes containing nicotine in 2020, it’s still easy for underage youth to get them because of loopholes in the law which pose obstacles to effective enforcement.

Learn more about the loopholes and what’s being done about them.

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NYS law loopholes allow continued sale of illegal flavored vapes

NYS law loopholes allow continued sale of illegal flavored vapes

In 2020, New York banned the flavored e-cigarette products that had the strongest youth appeal and that fueled the youth vaping epidemic. But the tobacco industry has found ways around the existing law resulting in New York State having the highest continued retail availability of prohibited products of any of the six states that have an e-cigarette flavor ban in place.

In our own local observations of tobacco retailers, 15 out of 41 stores in Albany County were selling flavored vapes; 16 out of 31 retailers in Schenectady County were selling flavored vapes. The widespread availability of illegal vaping products helps explain why local area middle and high schools continue to struggle with student vaping on school campuses and why NYS PTA is among the more than 35 organizations that support closing the loopholes.

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