Tobacco-free communities

Advancing Tobacco-Free Communities of Hamilton, Fulton and Montgomery counties commends Governor Cuomo on his plan to regulate vapor products used in electronic cigarettes in the same manner as combustible tobacco products and include these products under the Clean Indoor Air Act.

As outlined in his newly released fiscal year 2018 executive budget, these actions, along with his proposal to tax the sale of these products, line up with the U.S. Surgeon General’s recent policy recommendations around vapor products in his report, “E-Cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults.”

The governor’s proposal to begin regulating vapor products this year makes a strong statement. Clearly, his administration deems it a public health priority to protect youth and adults from the dangers of nicotine exposure and the cancer-causing agents in e-cigarette emissions.

E-cigarette use more than doubled from 2013 to 2014 among young adults 18 to 24 years of age nationwide. And, in 2014, more than half of young adult smokers in New York State used electronic cigarettes.

ATFC’s mission is to create and support tobacco-free environments to provide residents in the three counties with healthy places to live, work and play. ATFC is part of a network of statewide contractors funded by the state Department of Health’s Tobacco Control Program, working to change the community environment to support New York State’s tobacco-free norm.

Locally the grant is held by Catholic Charities of Fulton and Montgomery. Since 1976 Catholic Charities has served area residents by providing services such as substance abuse prevention, food pantry, domestic violence advocacy and dispute mediation. To learn more, call your ATFC coordinator of Hamilton, Fulton, Montgomery Prevention Council at Catholic Charities of Fulton and Montgomery Counties at 762-8313 or 842-4202.

SARAH KRAEMER

Reality Check coordinator

ATFC