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 

  1. An end to the sale of flavored e-cigarettes, including menthol, in New York State.
  2. Ending online delivery of e-cigarettes to private homes in New York State.
  3. No more displays of tobacco products and tobacco product advertising near schools in New York State.
  4. 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.
  5. All City of Rensselaer property is tobacco-and vape-free.
  6. Town of Niskayuna parks are tobacco-and vape-free.
  7. The Independent Living Center of the Hudson Valley strengthened their capacity to address tobacco use among people with disabilities, including making its properties tobacco-and vape-free.
  8. Reality Check member, Praaghya Meyyan, was recognized as the Capital District Youth Ambassador of the Year for her local efforts to educate local decision-makers, her peers and the community about the impact of tobacco marketing on youth.
  9. Youth engagement in Reality Check more than doubled this year with members transitioning easily into virtual participation.
  10. Capital Region residents have more choices to live in healthy housing as six more apartment communities were added to the growing list of smoke-free apartments.

Wishing you and healthy and happy Thanksgiving, from all of us at CDTFC.