Tobacco-Free CCA

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The Tobacco-Free Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany(CCA) consists of Reality Check youth, community members, business leaders and health organizations who work together to protect our community from the dangers of tobacco use and secondhand smoke through policy change.

 

 

Point of Sale

“Power Wall” of tobacco products behind a store’s counter.

There are many factors that contribute to the decision of an adolescent to begin smoking; tobacco marketing in retail stores where tobacco products are sold (the point of sale) has a significant impact.

  • Each year in New York State, 13,500 youth become new daily smokers and 32.7 million packs are bought or smoked by New York State children.
  • Every day, the tobacco industry spends over half a million dollars in New York State to market its products.
  • Tobacco companies place most of their advertising where young people shop in conveniences store, where 75% of teens shop at least once per week.
  • There is approximately one licensed tobacco retailer for every 194 children in New York State.
  • The more tobacco retailers there are near schools, the more likely children are to smoke
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This is a Canadian convenience store’s “Power Wall” of tobacco products.

Types of policies to fit different communities needs.

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Smoke-Free Multi-Unit Housingsfmuh

New Yorkers are well aware of the dangers of secondhand smoke and are protected in public places by the implementation of the Clean Indoor Air Act. New Yorkers know that living in a smoke-free home is one of the best things they can do for their family’s health and to protect their property; the vast majority do not allow smoking in their home.

Unfortunately, for residents of apartments and other multi-unit housing, the decision to have a smoke-free home is not theirs alone. Secondhand smoke drifts from neighboring apartments and creates unhealthy living conditions for everyone in the building.

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Tobacco-Free Outdoors

TFO Butts Off our PlaygroundsParks, playgrounds, beaches and other recreational areas should be places that people can go to enjoy the outdoors, breathe fresh air and exercise. They should not have to be exposed to secondhand smoke. The Surgeon General states “There is no safe amount of secondhand smoke.”

Another public health concern is tobacco litter which is hazardous to children and wildlife. Cigarette butts are the most frequently littered item. Cigarette butts are not biodegradable as most people think, it can take the acetate(plastic) filters many years to decompose. Toxic chemicals the cigarette filter was designed to trap can leak out into aquatic ecosystems, threatening the quality of water and many aquatic lifeforms.

List of New York Municipalities’ Tobacco-Free Recreation Areas

TFO Park Sign 2TFO Breathe Easy Sign

Tobacco-Free CCA is working to establish more tobacco free outdoor areas around clubs, businesses, college campuses and other grounds. Contact Tobacco-Free CCA for sample policies, signage and/or assistance in creating outdoor tobacco use policies.

Contacts

Kenneth Dahlgren

Asst. Coordinator Community Engagement

(716) 375-8010 x.3902

Kenneth.Dahlgren@RoswellPark.org

Facebook: tobaccofreewny

Twitter: @TobaccoFreeCCA

Jonathan Chaffee

Asst. Coordinator Youth Outreach(Reality Check)

(716) 375-8010 x.3901

Jonathan.Chaffee@RoswellPark.org

Facebook: realitycheck.jon

Twitter: @TobaccoFreeCCA

Website: Reality Check of New York

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