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!


Seen Enough Tobacco Day

Monday, November 6, 2017 | Categories:
Youth from across New York State, including the Southern Tier, took part in the first "Seen Enough Tobacco Day" in October to learn how to protect themselves and other children from the billions of dollars of tobacco promotions in places where they and other youth can see and be influenced by them.

Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation Adding E-Cigarettes to the Clean Indoor Air Act

Monday, October 23, 2017 | Categories:
On October 23rd, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation adding electronic cigarettes to the Clean Indoor Air Act, which bans their use everywhere that smoking tobacco products are prohibited.

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.

CDC Hopes New Hard-Hitting Ads Help More Smokers Quit For Good

Friday, January 22, 2016 | By Louise Chan | Categories:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), along with other health practitioners, agrees that smoking is a leading cause of preventable death and disease in the United States. However, efforts from these groups are still not enough to discourage people from taking up the vice. That's why the CDC took it to the next level when it launched its anti-smoking campaign in the hopes of getting smokers to quit and discourage others from even trying.

New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie Vetoes Tobacco 21 Bill

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 | Matthew L. Myers | Categories:
WASHINGTON, DC – Gov. Chris Christie’s veto of legislation to raise New Jersey’s tobacco sale age to 21 represents a failure of leadership and a terrible missed opportunity to protect young people from tobacco addiction and save lives. The main beneficiaries of his veto are tobacco companies that actively target young people as replacements for the more than 480,000 Americans their products kill each year.

CDC Reports Nearly Half of Teens Breathe in Secondhand Smoke

Fewer kids are smoking, yet are still being affected by the awful habit.

Monday, January 11, 2016 | ASSOCIATED PRESS | Categories:
Secondhand smoke has been an issue for some time now, and there have been different measures taken to help cut it down, but have those measures been enough? Sadly, no they haven't. The CDC just recently released a new report stating that nearly half of teens are breathing in secondhand smoke!

No cigarettes until you’re 21: N.J. lawmakers push bill raising tobacco sales age

Other states looking to follow Hawaii’s lead

Thursday, January 7, 2016 | Susan K. Livio | Categories:
On January 1st, 2016, Hawaii started their new year off right, when they became the first state to boost the legal age to sell someone cigarettes to 21 years of age. Now, many states are looking to follow in their foot steps, including New Jersey.

San Francisco Looks at Raising Minimum Age for Buying Tobacco to 21

Monday, November 16, 2015 | Heather Knight | Categories:
San Francisco would become the second major city in the country, after New York, to raise the age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21 under legislation to be introduced Tuesday by Supervisor Scott Wiener.

New York’s Big Tobacco Deal

Tuesday, October 20, 2015 | Erica Orden | Categories:
Attorney General Erich Schneiderman "negotiated another settlement between New York and the tobacco companies that requires 90% of funds withheld from other years to be released. In addition, the settlement eliminates the possibility of future arbitration proceedings."

Letter: Tobacco prevention funds are critical to health

Friday, February 8, 2013 | Terrie Atwood, Marathon | Categories:
Letter: Tobacco prevention funds are critical to health
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