In This Issue 
Winter 2018

Tobacco Marketing 

Albany County proposes tobacco-free pharmacies

A local law has been introduced to the Albany County Legislature to end the sale of tobacco products from all pharmacies and stores containing a pharmacy. Local Law A for 2018 would better support pharmacists' role as primary health care providers and make it easier for smokers to quit. 

If you live in Albany County, share your views at a Public Hearing on Tobacco-Free Pharmacies on March 27 @ 7pm, 2nd Floor of the Albany County Courthouse on Eagle Street or you can contact your legislator directly. 

For more information, visit

Rensselaer County rejects
Tobacco 21

A local law to raise the legal minimum age for the sale of all tobacco products from 18 to 21 was introduced in Rensselaer County in Fall of 2017, a step already taken by Albany and Schenectady Counties. The local law was met with overwhelming community support from community organizations and schools, Samaritan and St. Mary's Hospitals, and local anti-drug coalitions including NØPIATES

Despite the community support, on March 7, the Rensselaer County Health Committee voted to not move the proposal forward for the consideration of the full Legislature.  

Boys & Girls Clubs helps call attention to disproportionate presence of tobacco marketing in community

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Albany used their windows on the Great American Smokeout to highlight the disproportionte presence of tobacco marketing in Albany County. As the photo to the left illustrates, there are 19 libraries (purple dots), 71 parks (green), 108 schools (yellow), and 332 licensed tobacco retailers (red). Most of those 332 tobacco retailers are located in neighborhoods with the highest poverty rates, increasing the rate of youth smoking and decreasing the rate of successful quit attempts among smokers. 

Read more in the Times Union or watch on WNYT.

Youth Engagement

Reality Check steps up efforts to get smoking out of G and PG movies

CDTFC is one of only ten programs nationwide to receive a "Reinvent the Reel" grant to raise awareness of the harmful impact of smoking in movies and popular culture and to advocate for an R rating for movies that contain smoking. In the past month, more than 200 local high school and college students participated in grant activities including students from Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake HS, pictured at left with Health Teacher Kathy Henry-Starace and Reality Check Coordinator Cara Zampi. Learn more here.

Smoke-Free Housing   

NYS Homes and Community Renewal makes it easier to live smoke-free!

NYS Homes and Community Renewal recently removed an impediment to healthy housing that required developers transitioning to smoke-free environments to make exceptions for current smokers. By removing this grandfather rule, the agency is advancing its mission of providing safe, sustainable, affordable homes to people throughout New York. Developers transitioning to smoke-free properties must notify tenants at least 60 days prior to a pending lease renewal. Another huge step to ensuring that tenants of affordable housing can breathe clean air!

Colonie Senior Services makes 396 housing units smoke-free!

Senior living in the Capital Region just got cleaner, safer and healthier thanks to Colonie Senior Services. As of  January 1, 2018, all housing units at Beltrone Living Center, King Thiel and Sheehy Manor are smoke-free. Learn more by reading CSS's newsletter announcement here.

Tobacco-Free Outdoors  

City of Schenectady makes grounds tobacco-free!

Congratulations to the Schenectady City Council for voting unanimously to limit tobacco and electronic cigarette use on city property. The city joined more than 125 municipalities statewide that have cleared the air for employees and visitors. Conducting business at Schenectady City Hall is now safer and healthier for all!

NYS adds e-cigs to indoor smoking law

Late in 2017, Governor Cuomo signed legislation to expand the provisions of the New York State Clean Indoor Air Act (CIAA) to include electronic smoking devices. Previously, the CIAA prohibited the use of tobacco products to prevent workers' exposure to toxic secondhand smoke. This new law means that New Yorkers are also protected from exposure to harmful aerosol emissions from electronic products. Thank you, New York, for protecting the health and safety of workers! 


In the News

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