The Smoking & Health Action Coalition (SHAC) is one of 25 statewide Advancing Tobacco-Free Communities grantees of the NYS Department of Health serving Livingston and Monroe Counties; we work to change the community environment that will develop and support tobacco-free norms. The program includes a Reality Check Youth action component where peer-to-peer and youth-to-community education is utilized to effectively communicate the major impact tobacco use has on community health.
Our efforts are evidence based, cost effective and an education-driven approach to decrease youth tobacco use. It helps reduce and eliminate secondhand smoke exposure and supports adult smokers decisions to quit. SHAC is part of the American Lung Association and is funded through the New York State Department of Health’s Bureau of Tobacco Control.
Vision and Mission:
The Vision of the New York State Tobacco Control Program (NYS TCP) is to have all New Yorkers live in a tobacco free society. Our Mission is to reduce the morbidity and mortality rates and alleviate the social and economic burden caused by tobacco use in New York State.
- Cigarette use alone results in an estimated 480,000 deaths each year in the US, including nearly 28,000 deaths in New York State.
- More than half a million New Yorkers currently suffer from serious smoking caused diseases, at a cost of $10.4 billion in health care expenditures annually.
- Prevent initiation of tobacco use by youth and young adults.
- Reduce secondhand smoke exposure.
- Decrease the social acceptability of tobacco use.
- Promote cessation from tobacco use.
- Reduce the impact of retail tobacco product marketing on youth.
- Encourage the passage local laws, regulations and voluntary policies through education that creates tobacco-free outdoor areas at public parks, play grounds, recreation areas, beaches, clubs, college campuses and outdoor areas of businesses, including hospitals and other medical facilities, other grounds, and in proximity to building entryways.
- Increase the percent of adult smokers and youth who live in households where there is a smoke-free housing policy.
- Reduce tobacco imagery in youth-rated movies.
- Reduce tobacco industry presence on social media.