Tobacco Policies

Current Status of Tobacco Use in our Community
  •  Leading cause of preventable death and disease
  • Over 28,000 deaths a year in NYS
  • Tobacco causes NYS $10.39 Billion in annual health care expenditures 
  • Schuyler County adult tobacco use is 23.3% versus NYS 15.9% 
  • Nearly one third (30.6%) of 10th grade students in Schuyler County have used cigarettes versus 17.5% nationally
  • One in four high school students in Schuyler County have reported having ever used cigarettes.  
  • More than half of Schuyler County high school student who use tobacco products got it from a friend. 
NYS Dept of Health Tobacco Control Program
2013-2014 NYS Expanded Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System
2017 Schuyler County Communities that Care Youth Survey
Why Tobacco 21?
  • Discourages addiction to tobacco
  • Reduces tobacco use
  • Prevents costly tobacco related diseases
  • Adolescents are uniquely vulnerable to effect of nicotine addiction
  • 95% of adult smokers start smoking before age 21
  • 95% of people who buy cigarettes to give to minors are under age 21
  • Tobacco and E-Cigarette companies market to youth
  • Delays youth starting to use tobacco products which reduces social harm in teens and young adults.
  • 71.9% of Schuyler County is in favor of the policy
  • Tobacco use is a threat to military fitness and readiness

CTFK: Increasing the legal sale age of tobacco products to 21

Public Health and Tobacco Policy Center

Who has signed letters of support for Tobacco 21?
  • Arnot Health
  • Schuyler County Coalition for Underage Drinking and Drugs (SCCUDD)
  • Schuyler Hospital
  • America Heart Assoication
  • American Lung Association
  • American Medical Assoication
  • Institute of Medicine
  • American Academy of Family Physicans
  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine
  • Oral Health America
 Stayed tuned for updates ! 

Tobacco 21 has been passed in following NYS municipalities
  • Albany County
  • Cattaraugus County
  • Chautauqua County
  • Cortland County
  • New York City
  • Onondaga County
  • Orange County
  • Schenectady County
  • Suffolk County
  • Sullivan County
  • Tompkins County
  • Rockland County
  • Towns of Hempstead & North Hempstead
*Updated March 21, 2018