Listed below are all STTAC's current articles, events and news pieces.  Please check back periodically for updates and look for more information to come!


The American Lung Association 2017 State of Tobacco Control Report

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 | Categories:
(January 25, 2017) - The American Lung Association’s “State of Tobacco Control” report has found that in 2016 New York failed to do enough to implement proven-effective policies that would save lives. The 15th annual report grades states and the federal government on policies to prevent and reduce tobacco use.

New Federal Rule Bans Smoking in Public Housing

U.S. Imposes Nationwide Ban On Smoking In All Public Housing

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 | Merrit Kennedy | Categories:
The Obama administration has issued a sweeping final rule banning smoking in all public housing units nationwide, extending a smoke-free environment to nearly a million units.

Tobacco companies get partial win in FDA labeling fight

Wednesday, August 17, 2016 | Jessica Dye | Categories:
Tobacco companies notched a partial victory in a lawsuit challenging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s authority to require pre-clearance for tobacco products with changed labels or quantities.

FDA Historic Rule

Thursday, May 5, 2016 | Categories:
FDA takes significant steps to protect Americans from dangers of tobacco through new regulation. Rule extending oversight to all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, allows agency to address public health concerns such as youth access to tobacco products.

Ban Tobacco Sales in Pharmacies

Monday, May 2, 2016 | Teresa Matterazzo | Categories:
Last month, the Erie County executive announced that he wants Erie County to be the first in New York to ban pharmacy retailers from selling cigarettes and e-cigarettes. Other counties in California and Massachusetts have enacted similar legislations, but this would be the first of its kind in New York.

STTAC and the 33rd Chemung County Youth Bureau Awards

Thursday, April 21, 2016 | Jeff Murray | Categories:
STTAC staff had the opportunity to attend the 33rd annual Chemung County Youth Bureau Awards Ceremony last night, at the Big Flats Community Center. STTAC's youth component, Reality Check of Chemung, Schuyler, & Steuben was nominated for the ceremony's Program Excellence Award this year. The award recognizes the efforts of local youth programs and events. Although Reality Check did not win, they did receive a certificate of recognition, and were honored just to be nominated, and attend the event. We are also happy to say, one of our very own coalition members, Barb VanDine, was the winner of the prestigious Daniel J. Donahoe Award from last night. This award was established in 1984, and recognizes an adult individual for their exceptional contributions to our local youth and families.

Costco Phases Out Tobacco

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 | Nicole Lyn Pesce | Categories:
Costco is butting out of the cigarette business. The retail giant only sells tobacco products in 189 of its 488 U.S. stores after quietly phasing out its stock over the past three or four years, according to a new report by The Street.

Rate it R Anti-Smoking Initiative

Tuesday, March 1, 2016 | Samantha Potter | Categories:
The local tobacco awareness group Southern Tier Tobacco Awareness Coalition, or STTAC, is trying to make an impact on the way Hollywood makes movies. Their goal is to get tobacco out of any movie not rated R. According to the Surgeon General one change to the movie rating system could save a million young lives, by taking tobacco imagery out of youth rated films.

E-Cigarette Ban in Albany and Schuyler Counties

Tuesday, June 9, 2015 | Categories:
Schuyler County passed legislation Monday as well, that prohibits smoking and the use of e-cigarettes and smoking devices in all county-owned or leased buildings, grounds, vehicles and county-operated mass transportation. - See more at:
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