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Raising the minimum legal age for purchasing tobacco products from 18 to 21 years old.

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) report provides clear evidence that raising the minimum legal age of purchase for tobacco products would result in fewer youth trying tobacco, fewer youth becoming regular tobacco users, and ultimately fewer of the long term health outcomes that result from tobacco use.

Projected outcomes from raising the tobacco purchase age to 21 (nationwide).

  • The tobacco use initiation rate for youth under age 15 would decrease by about 15%, for ages 15-17 the initiation rate would decrease 25%, and for ages 18-20 it would go down a little over 15%.
  • The study model projects that if the minimum age were raised today, by the time today’s teenagers were adults, there would be a 12% decrease in the prevalence of tobacco use among those adults.
  • The model also projected that, looking 30 years out, raising the age now would result in approximately 223,000 fewer premature deaths, and 4.2 million fewer years of life lost among those born in the first 20 years of this century.

Also important is the role that brain development plays. We know that exposing the undeveloped adolescent brain to nicotine increases the chance that the brain will become essentially “hardwired” for nicotine. This explains why about 90% of adult smokers started before age 18. Those who wait until the brain is fully developed, about age 25, are unlikely to become long term users. The longer use is delayed, the lower is the likelihood of lifetime addiction.

Additional Information (PDF downloads)

New HUD Ruling for Smoke-Free Public Housing: Click Here


Tobacco Free Worksite Grounds

Nothing does more to set the pace for employee health & wellness than a tobacco-free workplace.

⇒ Low cost
⇒ Lasting impact
⇒ Full participation
⇒ Big returns
⇒ Support by two-thirds of employees
⇒ Free technical assistance from local experts

Best practices for a step by step transition to a fully tobacco-free workplace have proven successful at companies all across the Southern Tier and Central NYS. Tobacco-free parks, playgrounds, hospitals, college campuses ... and workplaces! A tobacco-free environment is what your customers and employees have come to expect.

Get the facts! Click here for more info.

Smoke-Free Multi-Unit Housing

smokefree house picture When one person smokes, the whole building smokes. Secondhand smoke cannot be kept from drifting into neighboring apartments . It travels under doors, through air ducts and along plumbing. Air filters are not effective. The only way to keep your apartment smoke-free is to make your building smoke-free.

Ask your landlord to explain the smoking policy before you sign a lease!

Tobacco-Free Outdoors

TFZone signExposure to secondhand smoke is a serious health risk for many people, and smoke-free outdoor places provides full accessibility for them. Smoke-free and tobacco-free outdoor areas are more welcoming and appropriate for families and for those who are trying to quit or stay quit.

Clean Indoor Air

Local Licensing and Point of Sale (POS)

seen enough buttonThe tobacco industry uses POS marketing to lure youth to smoking and tobacco use. In fact, exposure to POS has been shown to be a primary cause of youth smoking. That's why teens across NYS are saying, “I've seen enough tobacco marketing in stores.”

Licensing retailers who sell tobacco products, tobacco related products, and smoking paraphernalia is an evidence based way to reduce access to these products. Click to learn more.

Listing of Tompkins County tobacco retailers and ATUPA violations

IS there anything tobacco companies wouldn’t do to get cigarettes in front of our kids? Get the facts at

T-21: Raising the Minimum Legal Age (MLA) for purchasing tobacco products to 21

Tobacco-Free Pharmacies

Tfree pharmacy sticker Pharmacies portray themselves as neighborhood centers for health and wellness, yet those that sell tobacco are providing a substance more addictive than heroin, and one that kills half of those who use it as intended. It's time to end tobacco sales in pharmacies and stores with a pharmacy.

Reality Check

RC logoReality Check (RC) is New York State's youth action program to fight tobacco use by building leadership skills and awareness of industry marketing tactics. RC youth are typically grades 8–12 and from a mixture of school districts. Each RC group plans its own local actions and activities, all the while working alongside RC groups in every NYS county, and as part of a national and international youth voice to beat back Big Tobacco's efforts to recruit "replacement smokers."

Smoke-Free Movies website. "Tell Hollywood to rate smoking 'R'. One little letter will save a million lives."


The use of e-cigarettes is now prohibited indoors at any workplace, restaurant or bar in Tompkins County. Visit our E-cig page for details.

NYS Clean Indoor Air Act (CIAA)

ATUPA Violations and info (underage sales)

Quit Smoking

Local Quit Support Group
An Open Letter on the Great American Smokeout
NYS Smokers’ Quitline
UCANQUIT2.ORG (U.S.Department of Defense quit site)
     • Smoking/ Dipping Cost Calculator


Stats and evaluation reports for tobacco control in NYS (NYS Bureau of Tobacco Control)
CDC national smoking prevalence stats (released 11/12/15) or Download data tables only
• NYS Clean Indoor Air Act (CIAA)

Be Tobacco Free
Smoke-Free Teen

Stan Glantz's Blog


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