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This policy analysis ascertained the effectiveness of tobacco and vaping legislation in adolescents and adults in New York State (NYS). The analysis discussed the Adolescent Tobacco Use Prevention Act (ATUPA), which is a tobacco policy aimed at tobacco prevention among adolescents and young adults. A detailed approach was conducted with collected data on tobacco and vaping statistics, including NYS smoking rates, morbidity and mortality rates, and prevalence in both adults and adolescents. Data were collected from the NYS Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and others. The socioecological and CDC Policy Analysis Frameworks were used to guide this analysis. In addition, a literature review and an environmental scan were conducted. Although several successful tobacco policies exist in NYS, increased legislation and funding are needed to continue current tobacco control efforts. The analysis provided insights into the strengths and weaknesses of the current policies. It explored potential areas of policy enhancement to address challenges. Efforts to continue increasing the price of tobacco and vaping products are needed. Revenues from these increases would be used to support additional tobacco control programs. There is also a need to extend regulations limiting tobacco and vaping product availability and accessibility, especially near schools. The analysis aims to inform stakeholders regarding strategies to improve public health outcomes. These recommendations could have a lasting impact on tobacco and vaping product usage rates and overall community health.


Policy analysis, public health, effectiveness, tobacco, vaping, legislation, adolescents, adults, New York State, ATUPA

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George R. Smith, Jr., EdD, MPH

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A Policy Analysis of the Effectiveness of Tobacco and Vaping Legislation in Adolescents and Adults in New York State



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