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The town of Clifton Park in southern Saratoga County has taken steps to keep cigarette butts and smoking out of public parks and trails.


The Vermont Senate has voted down a proposal to raise the smoking age in the state to 21.

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The fight against tobacco use is global:  approximately 1 person dies from a disease caused by tobacco use every six seconds around the world.   New York joins a worldwide effort to discourage tobacco use.

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Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, in partnership with Albany Law School, have implemented a 100% tobacco-free campus policy, now in place. A Tobacco-Free Kickoff Event was held tuesday in front of the ACPHS Student Center. Officials hail the move as a "notable step" toward a healthier and cleaner environment.

Leading state and national healthcare advocates gathered today with public officials and others at the Gateway Diner on Albany's Central Avenue to mark the 10th Anniversary of the New York State Clean Indoor Air Act.

New York's 2003 Clean Indoor Air Act banned smoking in almost all workplaces, including bars, restaurants, bowling facilities, taverns and bingo halls.  In the past 10 years, the Act has protected millions of citizens from daily exposure to deadly secondhand smoke and the illnesses it causes.

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This week marks the 10th anniversary of New York State’s Clean Indoor Air Act, which prohibits smoking in all indoor workplaces, including restaurants and bars. While smoking cessation advocates are celebrating the anniversary, they also say there is more to be done to protect public health.

Anti-Cancer Groups Want Candy Flavored Cigars Banned

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Anti-cancer groups are seeking to ban the sale of fruit and chocolate flavored cigars in New York State that they say are targeted toward children.

The products include chocolate, strawberry and, grape flavored cigars, which sell for under a dollar at common convenience stores. There are also, available on line,  gummy bear and cookie dough flavored chewing tobacco and other related products.  The Cancer Society’s Blair Horner says they aren’t candy, but are actual tobacco products aimed at kids and to get them used to using the addictive substance.