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Onondaga County Health Department is nationally accredited and meets rigorous public health standards necessary to best serve the needs of our community.

Smoking and Tobacco Use
John H. Mulroy Civic Center, 9th Floor
421 Montgomery Street, Syracuse, NY 13202
Phone 315.435.3280

Tobacco use remains the single most preventable cause of death in the United States, accounting for more than 480,000 deaths each year. An estimated 41,000 of these tobacco-related deaths are the result of secondhand smoke exposure. More deaths are caused each year by tobacco use than by all deaths from HIV/AIDS, illegal drug use, alcohol use, motor vehicle injuries, suicides, and murders combined.


Onondaga County Health Department works to reduce illness, disability and death related to tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure, and to alleviate the social and economic burdens caused by tobacco use. Programs to meet this goal include:


Enforcement of New York State Clean Indoor Air Act in Onondaga County:

The Clean Indoor Air Act prohibits the smoking of tobacco (i.e., cigarettes, cigars, pipe or any other matter or substance containing tobacco) and the use of e-cigarettes in nearly all indoor and certain outdoor public and work places. To report violations of the New York State Clean Indoor Air Act in Onondaga County, use our online form or contact the Onondaga County Health Department’s Division of Environmental Health at 315.435.6600.


Adolescent Tobacco Use Prevention Act (ATUPA) Program:

Adolescent Tobacco Use Prevention Act (ATUPA) is an enforcement program that requires every licensed tobacco retailer to be assessed annually for compliance with NYS Public Health Law prohibiting the sale of tobacco products to minors under the age of 21. To reach Onondaga County’s ATUPA program, call 315.435.6600.


Tobacco-Free CNY:

Tobacco-Free CNY is a program administered by the Onondaga County Health Department that serves Onondaga, Oswego and Cayuga Counties. This program works to change the community environment to support New York State's tobacco-free norm through community engagement and youth action (Reality Check).


Tobacco-Free CNY works to:

  • Reduce the negative impact of tobacco product and e-cigarette marketing and price promotions on youth and adults at the point of sale.

  • Increase the number of local laws and voluntary policies that prohibit tobacco use, including e-cigarettes, in outdoor areas.

  • Decrease secondhand smoke exposure in multi-unit housing, with an emphasis on policies that protect the health of low-income residents.

  • Promote policies that reduce tobacco use imagery in youth-rated movies, and on the Internet and social media.

  • Support CNY residents who want to live healthy, tobacco-free lives.

For more information on Tobacco-Free CNY, visit our website at www.tobaccofreecny.org or call 315.435.3280.


For FREE help quitting smoking or vaping, contact the New York State Smokers’ Quitline at 1.866.NY-QUITS or visit their website at www.nysmokefree.com.














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