Cobleskill’s Elm Street Apartments Latest to Go Smoke-free

A coalition of affordable housing advocates from New York State may soon launch a campaign encouraging Governor Andrew Cuomo to pass stronger rent laws and to develop additional affordable housing. Around the topic of housing advocacy, an increasing number of multi-unit housing owners and managers are protecting their tenants’ health and their investment by adopting smoke-free policies for their properties.  Property owners have gone smoke-free in order to lower maintenance costs and improve...

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Sharon Springs Library Adopts Tobacco-Free Policy

The Sharon Springs Free Library recently adopted a tobacco-free policy to help create a healthier community. The library is the fourth public library in Schoharie County who are all members of the Mohawk Valley Library System to go tobacco-free. The library board of trustees recognized that the library is an important community and cultural center and the use of tobacco products on library property negatively affects everyone who spends time at the library’s facilities. Effective November 1,...

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Communities Must Recognize the WHOLE Truth About the Tobacco Industry

Tobacco companies are launching a court-mandated ad campaign admitting that they lied to the American public about their deadly and addictive products for decades. However, despite the ads admission that the companies intentionally made cigarettes more addictive and that all cigarettes cause cancer, that’s not the whole story. Tobacco is the only product that, when used as intended by its manufacturers, kills. “The court also found the tobacco companies guilty of lying about marketing their...

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Catskill Veterans Outreach Center Goes Tobacco-Free

According to a 2015 survey of veteran enrollees’ health, 62 percent (5.2 million) of the entire Veterans Administration enrollee population has ever smoked. Vincent Scalise, executive director and founder of the Utica Center for Development, Inc., which recently opened the Catskill Veterans Outreach Center in Stamford, knows first-hand the challenges that active duty military and veterans have with tobacco use. As a reformed smoker and veteran, he knows the enormous toll tobacco use takes on...

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Grapevine Farms Goes Tobacco-Free

The use of tobacco products on Grapevine Farms’ property and facilities in Cobleskill negatively affects everyone who works and spends time there. Knowing that fact, owners Tim and Tracy Purcell recently adopted a tobacco-free policy. Staff from Advancing Tobacco Free Communities of Delaware, Otsego and Schoharie Counties (ATFC-DOS) presented some tobacco-free zone signage to the Purcells to post to help educate visitors about the tobacco-free policy that took effect October 1. Tim Purcell...

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At the Brick House Bakery Have Your Cake and Clean Air Too

The Brick House Bakery in the Village of Cobleskill has taken the lead among local businesses to promote the community’s health and welfare by recently adopting a tobacco-free outdoors policy. Effective September 1, 2017, The Bakery will prohibit employees, patrons and community members from using any tobacco products on its property, grounds and parking lots. Tobacco products are defined as any manufactured product containing tobacco or nicotine including but not limited to cigarettes,...

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Community Survey Provides Data about Local Tobacco Issues

Some students majoring in applied psychology at SUNY Cobleskill helped implement a telephone survey of residents in Delaware, Otsego and Schoharie Counties in cooperation with Advancing Tobacco Free Communities (ATFC) recently. The approved survey included questions to measure smoking behavior as well as attitudes towards tobacco use and community tobacco control policies. According to Linda Wegner, Program Director for ATFC-DOS, “The data collected will help ATFC make strategic decisions...

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October 13 Declared “Seen Enough Tobacco Day” in NYS

New York State Reality Check youth declared October 13 as the first ever “Seen Enough Tobacco Day”. The designated tobacco-free day, which will become an annual observance in the state, is an effort to help raise awareness and encourage community members to stand up to eliminate tobacco marketing and advertising in places where youth can see them. Locally Reality Check youth advocates recorded radio messages that WIOX (Roxbury) and WSDE (Cobleskill) aired to educate community members about the...

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