tobacco cessation

American Lung Association

Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States.  The “American Lung Association: State of Tobacco Control Report 2014” has handed New York mixed grades. 

A national coalition of anti-smoking advocates has ranked New York 21st among states in funding for smoking cessation programs.

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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.

Smoking is New York’s number one cause of cancer deaths.  Yet in recent years, the state has taken its foot off the gas and slashed its investment in combating tobacco in half.  That’s a mistake we’re starting to pay for.

Consider this: in 2009 smoking caused the cancer deaths of over 9,000 New Yorkers, 26 per day.  That staggering number is more than one quarter of all cancer deaths in New York State.  This is a public health catastrophe and reducing the carnage caused by smoking should be a top priority for Albany.