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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.

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.

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."

Hawaii becomes first U.S. state to raise smoking age to 21

Saturday, June 20, 2015 | Curtis Skinner | Categories:
Hawaii's governor on Friday signed a bill raising the legal smoking age statewide to 21, the first U.S. state to do so. The law takes effect on Jan. 1, 2016, and will also ban the sale, purchase or use of electronic cigarettes for those under the age of 21

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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