What's Going On in The Zone

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June Landlord Survey!

The Tobacco Free Zone is conducting a short survey of landlords in the month of June to learn about the tobacco and smoking rules that landlords have set for their properties. This information is needed to support and implement relevant tobacco prevention policies that promote healthy communities.

Participation in the study is voluntary, and answers to the survey questions are confidential. Landlords with buildings of 3 units or more in Cortland, Tompkins and Chenango Counties are being surveyed. A mailed survey, along with follow-up phone calls and emails, are being utilized.


Take Action Against Unjust Marketing and Promotion of Menthol Tobacco

A new statewide initiative aims to put a spotlight on how the tobacco industry has specifically targeted African American communities for decades with its aggressive marketing of menthol products. The “It’s Not Just” campaign launched regionally and statewide on No Menthol Sunday, May 16, and is focused on ending the misconception that menthol is just a flavor. It’s not just an injustice, it’s killing Black Americans.


Tobacco Free Zone Program Plans Survey of Area Residents

A survey of tobacco use, attitudes and perceptions will be conducted among Cortland, Tompkins and Chenango County residents beginning the week of May 16th.  The phone survey will help guide program activities in the coming months. Watertown, NY-based Joel LaLone Consulting, a specialist in community studies, has been contracted to administer the survey. The survey was developed with the Tobacco Surveillance, Evaluation and Research Team of the New York State Department of Health in Albany.


 Questions will cover topics such as tobacco marketing and promotion, tobacco smoke exposure, and use of tobacco products. The survey call will take about ten minutes.


Never a Better Time To Quit

COVID-19 has many people feeling stressed, alone, or worried about their health. It’s a lot to deal with when people are trying to stop smoking, vaping or staying tobacco-free. Being tobacco-free is one of the best ways to protect and improve your health.