We have an opiod overdose crisis, but cigarettes still kill 15 times more people




28,200 adults in New York State die each year from smoking-related disease

Tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable death and disease

The average age of a new smoker in New York State is 13 years old

History & Mission

Advancing Tobacco Free Communities – Delaware, Otsego and Schoharie Counties (ATFC-DOS) is one of twenty-five 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 the Research Foundation of SUNY at SUNY Cobleskill to implement the Reality Check program in Delaware, Otsego and Schoharie Counties. The currently funded grant program runs from July 1, 2014 until June 30, 2019.

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