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What's Going On in The Zone?


Leading the Way for a Tobacco-Free Generation

Reality Check youth from New York State gathered at SUNY Adirondack in Queensbury, N.Y. at a four-day youth summit to educate, empower and equip them to fight back against the marketing tactics of the tobacco industry in their home communities. They will employ what they learned to raise awareness about Big Tobacco’s long history of aggressive marketing and promotion of flavored (including menthol) tobacco products to young people, people of color, LGBTQIA+ communities and other groups, and its deadly impact on them.


Make Your Property Tobacco-Free! 

We are inviting community worksites & establishments to join us in building healthier spaces and supporting people who are motivated and attempting quitting tobacco,

Implementing a tobacco-free grounds policy creates a healthy, accessible environment for everyone…and we’re here to help!

Click here to learn more!

SUNY Cortland Celebrates
10 Years Being Tobacco- & Nicotine-Free!

SUNY Cortland was one of the first college campuses in New York State to implement a 100% tobacco-free policy. The university held an event on Wednesday, Feb. 1, at the Corey Union Exhibition Lounge to acknowledge the achievement. 



Flavors, including menthol, are a key factor in drawing youth & young adults to tobacco products.

  • Flavors mask the harshness of tobacco, and nicotine addicts.

  • More than 80% of youth who have ever tried tobacco started with a flavored product.

  • Youth who initiate smoking using menthol-flavored cigarettes are more likely to become addicted and long-term daily smokers.
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Seeking to Quit?


Our New York State Health Systems for a Tobacco Free NY partners have added free online cessation classes this year!

Click here for more info.

Check out additional resources to help you or a loved one quit tobacco.

While smoking cessation has long been important for improving health, it is perhaps even more timely now, given our current public health crisis. Experts suggest that smokers – with their compromised respiratory systems – may face increased risk of developing a serious infection from COVID-19. Quitting now decreases your vulnerability to the disease.

Attention Local Providers!

*Chenango & Cortland Counties


The Central New York Regional Center for Tobacco Health Systems at St. Joseph's Health assists area providers in Chenango & Cortland Counties to improve the reach and delivery of evidence-based tobacco dependence treatment to residents who use tobacco products. Staff work with hospitals, community health centers, federally qualified health centers, and mental health and behavioral health service agencies, with a focus on agencies and organizations that serve people with low education, low income or mental illness.

Click here for their contact information!

*Tompkins County


The Center for a Tobacco-Free Finger Lakes (CTFFL) at the University of Rochester Medical Center assists partners in Tompkins County to improve the reach and delivery of evidence-based tobacco dependence treatment to residents who use tobacco products. Partners include medical and behavioral health care systems, community health centers, and more!  

CTFFL provides a free training called “Train-The-Trainer” for 15 to 60 minutes at a time of your convenience. This model of training for your health system (in person or via zoom) can be scheduled by contacting CTFFL at (585) 802-9944 or via e-mail.

Click here for their website and contact info!

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