ACS Honored for Tobacco Marketing Fight

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In this photo: Judy Rightmyer, Director, Capital District Tobacco-Free Coalition; Russ Sciandra, American Cancer Society NYS Director of Advocacy; and Angela Pause Smith, American Cancer Society Director of Communications & Marketing.

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Tobacco Ads and Displays in Stores Focus of Great American Smokeout

Albany, NY (March 25, 2011) – The American Cancer Society’s Communications & Marketing Department was honored by the Capital District Tobacco-Free Coalition for its work drawing attention to the problem of tobacco advertising in retail stores. 

For the 2010 Great American Smokeout, the American Cancer Society collaborated with tobacco control partners across New York State to promote the results of surveys that were conducted to gauge the prevalence and quantity of tobacco ads and displays in stores.  In-store promotions are a major cause of youth smoking.

The annual recognition event, Honoring Our Community’s Tobacco-Free Champions, highlighted the efforts of organizations and individuals who are making a difference in the fight against Big Tobacco.

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