Clean Indoor Air - Smoking/Adolescent Tobacco Control


Clean Indoor Air Act (CIAA)
Pursuant to New York State Public Health Law Article 13-E, the Oneida County Health Department will enforce the Clean Indoor Air Act by means of a complaint-driven progressive enforcement process and a graduated fine scale as described herein.
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Adolescent Tobacco
In July of 1992, the New York State Legislature passed the Adolescent Tobacco Use Prevention Act (ATUPA) establishing penalties for selling tobacco products to minors, restricting youth access to vending machines, and creating an enforcement mechanism managed by county health agencies.  In February of 1997 based on new FDA regulations, it became a federal violation for any retailer to sell tobacco products to anyone under the age of 18 years old.  To further prevent sales of these products to anyone under the age of 18 who may look older than their age, retailers must verify the age of any buyer under the age of 27 years old, by checking photo I.D. showing the birth date of the card holder.

The counties responsible for enforcement of ATUPA will be expected to:

1.  establish and maintain an up-to-date list of licensed and registered tobacco retailers and vendors in addition to locations of cigarette vending machines within their jurisdiction;

2.  complete at least one compliance check at all retail tobacco vendors in the enforcement officers jurisdiction during the 12 month period;

3.  identify and report unlicensed vendors to the Center for Environmental Health of the New York State Health Department.  The Center will then communicate this information to the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance which is responsible for the licensing of tobacco vendors in the State;

4.  implement enforcement actions for vendors and owners of vending machines who fail compliance checks.

For additional information, please contact Environmental Health at 315-798-5064.