OSWEGO – On June 9, the Tobacco Free Network of CNY released new tobacco data for Oswego County.
Biennially, an independent organization conducts a Community Tobacco Survey of adults residing within the three counties that TFN provides services within; Cayuga, Onondaga, and Oswego.
Completed surveys are then analyzed for conclusions, detailed below, and used to guide future programming efforts.
• 41% of residents in Oswego County believe that tobacco is the most important health problem in their community. 41% of adult residents in Oswego County indicate that they believe that tobacco use is among the most important health problem in their community. The regional average is 36%.
• 48% of currently employed Oswego County residents work where smoking is prohibited on the entire grounds. 61% of residents would prefer a complete smoke-free policy on entire grounds of the workplace. Currently in Oswego County only 31% express opposition to working at a worksite that is completely smoke-free.
• 54% of Oswego County residents favor a complete smoke-free policy in their multi-unit housing building. Currently in Oswego County only 33% express opposition to a multi-unit housing policy that is completely smoke-free
• 65% of Oswego County residents support a policy that would prohibit the sale of tobacco products in stores that are located near schools. Oswego County adults are more in support (51%) than opposition (33%) of a policy that would limit the number of stores that could sell tobacco in one’s community. The regional average is 50%. 50% of current cigarette smokers in Oswego County favor the limit of stores that could sell tobacco in one’s community.
• 62% of residents in Oswego County would support a policy that would prohibit the sale of tobacco products at pharmacies in Oswego County. This level of support for a policy is not significantly different from the current ten county regional average. Support for a policy prohibiting tobacco sales in pharmacies is evident among current cigarette smokers in Oswego County with 55% of current cigarette smokers in the county responding “favor,” while 42% are “against.”
Tobacco Free Network of CNY and its youth partner, Reality Check, are divisions of Integrated Community Planning of Oswego County, Inc., and are 1 of 25 statewide Advancing Tobacco-Free Communities contactors working to change the community environment to support New York State’s tobacco-free norm.
Its objectives are: Point of Sale: Reduce the negative impact of tobacco product marketing and price; Tobacco Free Outdoors: Increase the number of local laws and voluntary policies that prohibit tobacco use in outdoor areas; Multi-unit Housing: Decrease secondhand smoke exposure in multi-unit housing, with emphasis on policies that protect the health of low-income residents; Smoke Free Media: Promotes policies that reduce tobacco use imagery in youth-rated movies, the internet and social media.
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