About Us

Smoking & Health Action Coalition (SHAC) is one of 25 Advancing Tobacco-Free Communities contractors working to change the community environment to support New York State’s tobacco-free norm through youth action and community engagement.

Our efforts are a cost effective, evidence based and policy-driven approach to decrease youth tobacco use, eliminate secondhand smoke exposure, and to motivate adult smokers to quit. SHAC is part of the American Lung Association of the Northeast 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 438,000 deaths each year in the US, including 25,500 deaths in New York State.
  • More than half a million New Yorkers currently suffer from serious smoking caused diseases, at a cost of $8.17 billion in health care expenditures annually.

Goals:

  • 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.

Objectives:

  • Reduce the impact of retail tobacco product marketing on youth.
  • Establish local laws, regulations and voluntary policies that create 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.