Cortland – Tompkins – Chenango Counties
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).
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.
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.
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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!
Exposure 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.
The 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.
IS there anything tobacco companies wouldn’t do to get cigarettes in front of our kids? Get the facts at SeenEnoughTobacco.org
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) 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)
• 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)