Press Releases

February 7, 2024 – Burnt Hills -Ballston Lake High School Student and Reality Check Member Named Capital Region Youth Ambassador of Year (YAYA)

March 15, 2022– Local tobacco control programs educate state lawmakers about notable progress and disparities in tobacco use

October 13, 2021– Fifth Annual Seen Enough Tobacco Day Highlights the Need to #FinishFlavors

May 16, 2021–  New statewide “It’s Not Just” campaign aimed at exposing the targeted marketing of menthol cigarettes to Black communities

April 12, 2021 – Capital District Tobacco-Free Communities applauds Albany County Legislature
for passing Local Law “I”

October 28, 2020 – New Siena College Research Institute Community survey finds majority of capital region residents support tobacco control policies.

July 1, 2020 – New York State ends the use of tobacco coupons, multi-pack discounts.

June 24, 2020 – Bethlehem Town Board passes new tobacco licensing law.

May 18, 2020 – Tobacco-Free Pharmacies and Flavored E-Cigarette Restrictions In Effect Statewide.

February 4, 2020 – NYS Tobacco Control Partners Legislative Education Day.

October 9, 2019 – “Seen Enough Tobacco” Day Media Advisory.

February 13, 2017 – New Report Highlights Major Reason for Inequities in Tobacco Addiction – Tobacco marketing concentrated in poorest Albany neighborhoods.

May 31, 2016 – On World No Tobacco Day, Upstate New York Advancing Tobacco-Free Communities Programs Urge Public to Take Action to Protect Children from Tobacco Marketing.

January 27, 2016 – Planned Parenthood Mohawk Hudson named 2015 Tobacco-Free Community Champion.

November 12, 2015 – Greater Capital District Regional Youth Spotlight 203 REASONS to Quit Tobacco Marketing to Kids as part of the Great American Smokeout.

March 17, 2015 – Niskayuna High School Student Named NY State Youth Advocate of the Year.

July 24, 2013 – New York State celebrates a public health success story On Tenth Anniversary of the Clean Indoor Air Act being enacted into law Public Health Leaders look ahead to the next ten years.

April 11, 2013 – Schenectady Municipal Housing Authority celebrates going smoke-free Housing authority honored for being one of the first and the largest in the region to go smoke-free on April 1.

October 1, 2012 – Schenectady Municipal housing Authority announce smoke-free policy for senior developments Siena Research Institute survey shows that oldest public housing authority in New York is the largest in Capital Region to join growing national trend.

June 27, 2011 – Keep Butts Away from Where We Play. Two Capital Region Communities launch tobacco-free parks policies to protect children, animals and the environment.

August 10, 2010 – Survey of Capital Region landlords highlights emerging trends in smoke-free housing. A majority of property owners have non-smoking policies.

March 17, 2010 – RPI and Brunswick Central School District take action to combat Capital Region’s Highest Smoking Rate. Rick Stoddard, anti-tobacco crusader, to honor both Tobacco-Free Champions on Kick Butts Day.

March 9, 2010 – Brunswick students to team up with Rick Stoddard, anti-tobacco crusader, on Kick Butts Day.

March 20, 2009 – Employee hands it to Price Chopper executive, Mona Golub, for the corporation’s attack on Big Tobacco.

March 18, 2009 – Looking for a breath of fresh air? The Town of Niskayuna is the place to be.

March 11, 2009 – Imagine. . . Believe. . .Achieve: A Tobacco-Free Community.

November 16, 2008 – Customers Speak Out! Protect Our Children and Make Tobacco Advertising and Tobacco Product Placement Less Visible in Large Grocery Stores.

October 2, 2008 – Strong Public Support to Reduce Tobacco Advertising in Stores.

August 26, 2008 – Smoke-Free Housing Website Launched to Protect New Yorkers from Secondhand Smoke in Their Homes.

May 19, 2008 – Joe Camel May Be Long Dead, But Tobacco Advertising to Kids is Alive and Well Community Groups Urge Parents to Get Mad About Ads.

November 7, 2007 – Capital District Tobacco-Free Coalition Salutes our Community’s Tobacco-Free Leaders.

October 5, 2007 – Survey Shows Strong Support for Smoke-Free Outdoor Areas.

March 6, 2007 – “Real People, Real Success”: Successful Tobacco Control Efforts in the Greater Capital Region.