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  • January 19, 2017
  • News

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development calls for smoke-free public housing

Research conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) demonstrates that secondhand smoke is an extremely prevalent problem in multi-unit housing. According to their July 2016 press release, tobacco smoke often travels from smokers’ units into those of non-smokers, as well as common areas such as hallways and lobbies. This puts all residents, especially children, at risk of exposure. According to U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy, there is no safe level of exposure to tobacco smoke, and second-hand exposure to children can have devastating consequences, ranging from asthma to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

  • December 20, 2016
  • News

The Tobacco 21 Legislation Is Projected to Reduce Smoking-related Disease and Health Care Costs

The vast majority of adult tobacco users reportedly started for the first time in their early adolescent years. Throughout adolescence, brain development is an enduring process, making these youth particularly susceptible to the effects of nicotine. There is little doubt that peer pressure among fellow teens plays a large part in early exposure to tobacco. However, an equally large part is due to the shocking ease of access for young, vulnerable teens to obtain tobacco products.

  • November 17, 2016
  • News

HOPE Buffalo Initiative Launched

At a kickoff event today, the HOPE Buffalo initiative was announced to the community and media. This collaborative project, involving a diverse coalition of Erie County stakeholders, has a primary goal to reduce the rate of teen pregnancy in select Erie County zip codes (14201, 14204, 14206, 14207, 14208, 14209, 142011, 14213, and 14215) by 30% by the year 2020.