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In what apparently is first-of-its-kind research, scientists say air pollution can be the equivalent of smoking a pack of cigarettes - and if you already smoke, it is the equivalent of another pack.

New York raises state smoking age to 21

Jul 16, 2019
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New York is the latest state to raise its smoking age from 18 to 21 in an effort to discourage teens from getting hooked. 

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For decades, there has been massive advertising of menthol cigarettes, heavily in African American communities. That has been researched often. What is different about a new study of mentholated cigarettes and quitting is that it found Black menthol cigarette smokers find it harder to quit.

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New York is poised to become the latest state to raise the legal age for buying cigarettes and electronic cigarettes from 18 to 21. 

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Lawmakers in the New York state Assembly have voted to raise the smoking age from 18 to 21.

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Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers are using robot smoking machines from back in the day for a new use.

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Erie County lawmakers are pushing legislation to raise the age for buying tobacco products and electronic cigarettes to 21.

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New York is not spending enough money on smoking cessation programs. The 2019 State of Tobacco Control report released late last week suggests New York is no longer a leader when it comes to spending money on programs that reduce smoking rates.

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While the major issue on Thursday's agenda was next year's budget, the Erie County Legislature also passed two other significant pieces of legislation.

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There wasn't much opposition Thursday evening to a proposed Erie County law that would further restrict smoking and vaping in vehicles and outdoor spaces.

FDA's e-cigarette crackdown hits three local retailers

Sep 13, 2018
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Federal officials called it a blitz — “the largest coordinated enforcement effort in the FDA’s history” in response to concerns that e-cigarette use has become an “epidemic” among youths.

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A new law signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo bans smoking in home-based day care centers.

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An Erie County legislator and candidate for New York State Assembly has introduced a proposal that, if passed, would ban smoking in a car while a child is inside the vehicle. Although Patrick Burke admits details must still be hammered out, his bill is already drawing the support of local cancer researchers and anti-smoking advocates.


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Many smokers are  being put to the test today as the Great American Smokeout is staged throughout the country. The event challenges smokers to take an early step in kicking the habit.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation that bans electronic cigarettes from places in New York State where smoking tobacco is already prohibited.

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More and more oral cancers being treated by oncologists can be traced to a well-known and very common virus for which there is a vaccine for young people.

E-cigarettes banned from school grounds in NYS

Jul 26, 2017
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Electronic cigarettes will no longer be allowed on public or private school grounds across New York State.  Governor Cuomo signed legislation to ban the use. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley spoke with a health behavior expert at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.


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Somewhere in Buffalo parks you may soon see a huddled group like those around the outside doors of office buildings. The city will be erecting "No Smoking" signs.

Ballpark now 100% tobacco and smoke-free

May 22, 2017
Buffalo Bisons

Going to a baseball game this season? Leave your cigarettes at home.

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Lawmakers in New York are debating whether to add electronic cigarettes to the state's ban on smoking in public areas like workplaces, bars and restaurants. The state Assembly already has endorsed the idea.

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Approximately 100 teens from as far away as Utica gathered at Roswell Park Cancer Institute this morning for a trip to Toronto.

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The smoking rate among high school students across the state was the lowest on record in 2016, but state Health Department data singals a dramatic increase in e-cigarette use.

The Obama administration has issued a sweeping final rule banning smoking in all public housing units nationwide, extending a smoke-free environment to nearly a million units.

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Smokers who switch from traditional tobacco cigarettes to electronic cigarettes may ingest the same level of nicotine, but their exposure to harmful chemicals is significantly reduced - so much so that it is like the person quit smoking. Those are the results of new research from Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

Big Tobacco is frequently accused of searching for new ways to hook younger smokers. Tuesday, May 31 is both World No Tobacco Day and the statewide launch of the Seen Enough Tobacco campaign.

The Food and Drug Administration is banning the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors as part of a broad set of regulations the agency finalized Wednesday.

With the rules that were more than two years in the making, the agency is expanding its authority over e-cigarettes, cigars and hookah tobacco, in much the same way it already regulates traditional cigarettes.

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A new survey on the use of tobacco products in New York State shows a change in the dynamic of the tobacco marketplace, shifting from traditional cigarette brands to newer products. It also shows that electronic cigarette use among high school students and young adults ages 18 to 24 is nearly double that of users 25 and up.


More local residents are kicking the habit. The latest New York State Health Department survey shows Buffalo-Niagara's smoking rate is down by one third compared to five years ago.

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The Erie County Legislature takes public comment Monday on a proposal to restrict the use of electronic cigarettes in public spaces, just as traditional cigarettes are banned. 


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Saturday marks "World No Tobacco Day" and to help celebrate, Rural/Metro has declared all of its properties tobacco-free.

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