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Seen Enough Tobacco Day

On Wednesday, October 13th, 2021, Reality Check youth across New York State marked the fifth annual Seen Enough Tobacco Day by bringing attention to the problem of tobacco marketing and access in our neighborhoods. The 13th day was selected to underscore the alarming fact that the average age of a new smoker in New York is 13 years old.

While New York State’s recent ban on flavored e-cigarettes is a significant step toward reducing youth tobacco use, other flavored products, such as little cigars, chew and menthol cigarettes present an obstacle to decreasing tobacco use among young people and minority populations.

Results Are In!

A survey of tobacco use, attitudes and perceptions was conducted among Cortland, Tompkins and Chenango County residents in May/June 2021.  The survey will help guide program activities in the coming months. Watertown, NY-based Joel LaLone Consulting, a specialist in community studies, administered 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 covered topics such as tobacco marketing and promotion, tobacco smoke exposure, and use of tobacco products. Click the buttons below to view each County's results!

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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.