History & Mission

Advancing Tobacco Free Communities – Delaware, Otsego and Schoharie Counties (ATFC-DOS) is one of 25 contractors working to change the community environment to support New York State’s tobacco-free norm through youth action (Reality Check) and community engagement. The NYS Department of Health’s Bureau of Tobacco Control provides grant funds to St. Peter’s Health Partners for ATFC-DOS.

ATFC-DOS educates the community and decision makers, mobilizes community members around the problems that tobacco addiction causes in local communities, and helps decision makers understand the types of choices that they have to address these problems. Efforts are evidence-based, policy-driven and cost effective approaches that decrease youth tobacco use, motivate adult smokers to quit and eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke.

ATFC-DOS aims to:

  • Reduce the negative impact of tobacco product marketing and price promotions on youth and adults at the point-of-sale
  • Increase the adoption of tobacco-free outdoor area policies that reduce the exposure to secondhand smoke and tobacco litter
  • Decrease secondhand smoke exposure in multi-unit housing with the emphasis on establishing policies that protect the health of residents
  • Promote policies that reduce tobacco imagery in youth-rated movies, on the internet and social media