About Us

 

Who We Are

Tobacco Action Coalition of the Finger Lakes (TACFL) is a community partnership of organizations and people committed to improving the health of our communities. TACFL, funded through a grant from New York State’s Bureau of Tobacco Control and a program of the American Lung Association of the Northeast, is one of 25 community partnerships across New York State.

Our Mission

To make our communities healthier places to live, work and play. We are committed to decreasing tobacco use and creating healthy smoke-free environments for all.

Our Goals

  • Prevent initiation of tobacco use by youth and young adults
  • Reduce exposure to secondhand smoke
  • Decrease the social acceptability of tobacco use
  • Promote cessation from tobacco use

Join Us

If you are interested in joining the Tobacco Action Coalition of the Finger Lakes in creating healthier communities, please contact us.

 

Tobacco Free Outdoor Areas

Tobacco use in outdoor areas such as parks, playgrounds and beaches is
dangerous to the environment, presents a health risk to non-smoking adults and children and is not consistent with the tobacco-free norm in New York State.   Community education is essential for educating the public about the public health and environmental harms caused by outdoor tobacco use.

Smoke-Free Multi-Unit Housing

Smoke-free housing promotes residents’ health by protecting them from secondhand smoke while improving a property manager’s bottom line through reduced turnover costs and decreased fire risks. Community education is used to increase public awareness to the benefits of smoke-free housing and the legal right to establish smoke-free policies for rental units.

Tobacco Use Imagery

Research shows that smoking in movies and other media affects teen perceptions of smoking norms and raises the likelihood of youth initiation.  Successful community education encourages community members and leaders to demand that youth-related movies and high-volume social media be free of tobacco imagery.

Point of Sale Tobacco Marketing

Tobacco product marketing and price promotion to youth are a known cause of youth smoking. Much of this marketing occurs at the point of sale (POS) in the retail environment and may be largely unnoticed by non-smoking adults. However, research shows youth are particularly aware and observant of POS marketing.  POS changes may include display restrictions in the retail environment; reducing the number, type and/or location of tobacco retailers; and restricting discount tobacco sales.