History of STTAC
Over two decades ago, representatives of health agencies and organizations in Chemung, Schuyler, and Steuben counties recognized the need to work together to provide education about the hazards of tobacco product use. Combining the work plans for the small grants allotted to each county at that time, enabled the American Lung Association, American Heart Association, and the three respective health departments to maximize their efforts towards tobacco-use prevention and cessation. The success of these efforts led other interested parties, including the American Cancer Society and a variety of youth, school, civic organizations, and hospitals to join in, and allowed for increased grant funds.
During the ensuing years, the coalition has pursued an increasing number of venues to bring this critical health message to the public. Programs have been developed and implemented for youth from pre-school through college, and for adults in community, health, and work sites. In addition to public education, the coalition has both developed and supported programs designed to assist with the cessation of tobacco product use and worked to encourage the changes in public policy that promote an improved quality of health in their communities.