Plattsburgh, NY




Adirondack Tobacco Free Network (ATFN) Program

The Adirondack Tobacco Free Network is a grassroots coalition committed to reducing adolescent and adult use of tobacco products through cooperative programs in prevention, cessation, advocacy, policy initiatives, and community education. ATFN is funded through the NYSDOH and serves Clinton, Essex and Franklin Counties. ATFN is one of 34 Community Partnerships in New York State. We work hand-in-hand with other NYS Department of Health Tobacco Control Partners, Reality Check, North Country Tobacco Cessation Center and a variety of local organizations and individuals from Clinton, Essex, and Franklin counties. Our purpose is to protect our youth from exposure to in-store tobacco marketing and to promote a tobacco-free environment.

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Click here for our ATFN brochure

Click here for our 2013 Community Survey Report


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Click here to see the "Flash Mob" performance in Plattsburgh

Click here to see this CDC external link on what smoking does to the body


ATFN Initiatives

Tobacco Free Outdoors

Why do you want a tobacco free grounds policy?   

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has classified secondhand smoke (SHS) as a Class A Carcinogen, placing it in the same category as radon, benzene, and asbestos.   SHS contains more than 4,000 substances, over 40 of which are known to cause cancer in humans and many of which are strong irritants. The Surgeon General has declared that there is no safe level of secondhand smoke, reporting that about 2,500 individuals die annually from SHS. Even small amounts of secondhand smoke can trigger allergies, asthma attacks and other breathing problems. .

Tobacco litter is poisonous and puts children, pets, and wildlife at risk. Our playgrounds, parks, and beaches should not be used as ash trays. Nearly all cigarette butts are made up of plastic-like cellulose acetate fibers and can take decades to decompose.  Within an hour of contact with water, cigarette butts can begin leaking chemicals such as cadmium, lead, and arsenic into the marine environment. Cigarette butts have been found in the stomachs of fish, whales, birds, and other marine animals, leading to Ingestion of hazardous chemicals and digestive blockages. Additionally, cigarette butts that are not properly extinguished can cause fires.

Outdoor recreational areas should be places that people can breathe fresh air and exercise smoke free.  Tobacco free policies reduce secondhand smoke exposure and eliminate cigarette butts so families can enjoy outdoor activities in a healthy environment.  Support for tobacco free policies is growing. Currently, over 200 municipalities in New York State have passed regulations restricting tobacco use in outdoor recreational areas. Effective October 2013, Governor Cuomo signed into law a bill that prohibits smoking at any parks and playgrounds during the hours of sunrise to sunset when one or more children under the age of 12 are present.

It is important for businesses to think about adopting a policy for tobacco free grounds as well.  Tobacco Free worksite policies support a healthier workplace by reducing exposure to secondhand smoke, encouraging cessation, and by changing social norms regarding tobacco use. 

Below are several examples of municipalities and businesses in the tri-county areas that have passed some type of policy regarding tobacco use.    


Adirondack Medical Center

Town of Brighton

Alice Hyde Medical Center

Town of Jay

Advocacy and Resource Center

Town & Village of Malone

City & Town of Plattsburgh

Town of Moriah

CVPH Medical Center

Town of North Elba

Evergreen Valley Nursing Home

Town of Constable


Town of Ticonderoga

Inter-Lakes Healthcare

Town of Tupper Lake

Meadowbrook Nursing Home

Town of Waverly

Town of Beekmantown

Village of Rouses Point

Town of Blackbrook

Village of Saranac Lake

Town of Lewis

Town of Chateauguay

Powertex, Inc.

Champlain Centre Mall

Essex County Properties Town of Dannemora
Clinton County Properties Town of Bellmont
Imaginarium Children's Museum  


Please see a Guide to Developing Tobacco Free Outdoor Spaces and Tobacco Free Worksites

Click here for a full list of NYS Tobacco Free Recreation Areas


ATFN Initiatives

Point of Sale

Point of Sale (POS) refers to the tobacco advertising and promotion found in tobacco retail stores near the area of purchase. These displays are brightly colored and eye-catching. The tobacco industry spends billions of dollars to market its deadly products in our stores including: paying retailers to prominently display tobacco products, in-store advertising, and price discounts. Exposure to tobacco marketing in stores is a primary cause of youth smoking. Click here to see an example of a store's "powerwall" of brightly colored ads.

Every day, our kids are exposed to a tremendous amount of tobacco marketing in our, convenience stores, pharmacies, and grocery stores. To protect our kids, we must reduce youth exposure to in-store tobacco marketing. 

Click Here to view the NYS Tobacco Control Program’s Point of Sale video “If walls could Talk”

One way to reduce youth exposure to in store marketing is through a ban on the display of tobacco products.  Stores will be allowed to sell tobacco products but the products will be placed in drawers and cabinets behind registers, out of the site of children.  Many countries have adopted display bans including Canada.  Click here to see an example of tobacco products placed in drawers where youth can't see them.

To sign a postcard showing your support for protecting kids from tobacco marketing in stores click here.

Click here for more facts and figures regarding tobacco marketing targeting our youth

How ATFN Accomplishes its Goals

Mobilization: ATFN brings together community partners to establish attitudes and policies that support a tobacco-free norm.

Counter Marketing: Tobacco companies aggressively market their product to specific populations. ATFN utilizes media and other marketing strategies to project a positive, tobacco-free message to the community.

Cessation: ATFN promotes the NYS Quit Line along with other cessation services for those who strive to break free of tobacco addiction.

How is the ATFN Program Funded?

The coalition is part of the Tobacco Control Program, funded by the New York State Department of Health through the New York State portion of the Master Settlement Agreement.

Contact Us

To receive more information on Tobacco Free Outdoors, Point of Sale advertising, or help with quitting smoking, call or email us at: 

Tel: (518) 565-4993
Fax: (518) 565-4472



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